As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. When a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every every killer, gangster, and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team's fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength - winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.
"...as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for." - Bruce Diones (New Yorker)
"Extraordinary stunt and fight work and nonstop excitement, but a warning to those who are at all squeamish: this may be the most violent movie I've ever seen." - Peter Rainer (Christian Science Monitor)
"...viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again." - Robert Koehler (Variety)
Visceral,violent,extraordinary. It keeps you on edge from beginning to end with fight scenes that leaves you gasping at how in the world did they choreograph this? The terrific edgy score seamlessly complements the gutsy photography and the action which in parts resemble a visceral rock video and in most parts , dizzying post modern cinema. The Indonesian actors went all out and set a new bar for martial art films. It's funny too; a masterpiece of its kind! Go see it even if it's "not even in English"!