2 Best Movies to Watch by Mouly Surya

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There is a lot to admire about this revenge film from director Mouly Surya—the breathtaking shots of rural Indonesia, the grisly practicality of the titular Marlina, the relevant observations on gender politics, and the simple yet stylistic way all of this is revealed. Fans of Westerns and Spaghetti Westerns are also treated with an Eastern reimagining of tropes as the film exchanges long guns for Kabeala knives and sprawling deserts for tropical hills.

Packed with so many delights, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a near-impossible miss. But if you somehow find none of this gripping, you can always rely on the sure thrill of seeing scorned women bloodily and rightfully avenge themselves. 

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Western

Actor: Anggun Priambodo, Ayez Kassar, Dea Panendra, Egi Fedly, Egy Fedly, Haydar Salishz, Indra Birowo, Marsha Timothy, Norman R. Akyuwen, Ozzol Ramdan, Rita Matu Mona, Ruly Lubis, Safira Ahmad, Sapto Soetardjo, Tumpal Tampubolon, Yayu A.W. Unru, Yayu Unru, Yoga Pratama

Director: Mouly Surya

Rating: Unrated

Directed by Indonesian filmmaker Mouly Surya (Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts), Trigger Warning is a technically impressive film that boasts beautiful cinematography and a handful of skillfully choreographed action sequences. Unfortunately, it’s let down by a mediocre and occasionally inconsistent script, as well as a less-than-stellar lead performance by Jessica Alba. Alba’s stunt double does well enough, but the actress herself is too lightweight to hold her own scenes. The CGI-ridden cold open doesn’t do it any favors too, sadly setting the tone of this promising but ultimately disappointing film.

Genre: Action, Thriller

Actor: Anthony Michael Hall, Gabriel Basso, Hari Dhillon, Jake Weary, Jessica Alba, Kaiwi Lyman, Mark Webber, Nadiv Molcho, Tone Bell

Director: Mouly Surya

Rating: R