SILAT WARRIORS: DEED OF DEATH – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange
Whatever the language, whatever the storyline, martial arts films all come from the same roots. Underdogs who can kick backside versus really nasty bad guys who can also fight well but eventually lose to the good guys/underdogs.
Silat Warriors: Deed of Death takes place in Malaysia (hence the dialogue being in Malaysian). The bad guys are using a loan shark operation to get their hands on the local’s farmland. The underdog family is a father and his three children. Son Ali (Khoharullah Majid) farms the land, daughter Fatimah (Feiyna Tajudin) takes care of the home, and black sheep son Mat Arip (Fad Anuar) gambles and runs around like the spoilt son he is.
Mat Arip’s bad decisions are egged on by the chubby semi-comedic sidekick, Mi (Salehuddin Abu Bakar). Most of Mi’s suggestions do not work out well for his friend.
This film is tough to watch because it telegraphs the story as the bad guys try to keep Mat Arip deep enough in debt to Haji Daud (Faizal Hussein) that they can take the family’s land as payment.
There are many really well-choreographed fights peppered throughout the film. One of the later fight sequences starts as all three siblings are attacked separately by thugs and kick their tails. Well, two out of the three do. The thugs attacking Mat Arip are reinforced and eventually beat him down and take him to their “hideout”.
This sets up Ali to slam his way, martial arts-style, through ALL of the bad guys to find and rescue his brother. There is good realistic fight choreography throughout the film, but these last sequences are excellent!
And watch out for a kicker in the story that will make everything a little more understandable at the end of the film!
- Areel Abu Bakar
- Namron, Khoharullah Majid, Feiyna Tajudin, Fad Anuar, Taiyuddin Bakar, Megat Shahrizal, Azlan Komeng
- 102 Minutes
- Well Go USA Entertainment
- A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Malaysian with English Subtitles
- 3.5 Stars
Bonus Features Rating:
Picture Quality Rating:
- 4.0 Stars
Audio Quality Rating:
- 4.5 Stars
Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost
4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale
3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used
2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning
1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks
0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target