Java Burn (1988)


Java Burn (1988) aka “Diamond Run”

directed by:Robert Chappell

cast:Ayu AzhariPeter BodzekPeter Fox

Χαλαρό μεταμεσονύκτιο Ινδονησιακό ψιλομακελίδι σε παραγωγή Parkit films.Δεν είναι Arizal αλλά έχει ρυθμό,νεύρο,καλές ανατροπές,μέτριες ερμηνείες με προεξέχοντα τον “κορμό” William Penn στον πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο,ενώ και η Ava Lazar στο ρόλο της λίγο μοιραίας-λίγο bitch δεν τα “πολυλέει”.Παρ’όλα αυτά οι Ινδονησιακής προέλευσης καφρίλες και στρωτή αφήγηση μιας,ούτως ή άλλως,χιλιοειπωμένης ιστορίας ,καθιστούν την ταινία ικανοποιητική,χωρίς ιδιαίτερες εξάρσεις και εκπλήξεις.

Πρακτικά μιλώντας, θα μπορούσα να κοπιάρω την παρουσίαση του “Jakarta” στο παρόν blog και να είμαι καλυμμένος,αφού οι δύο ταινίες έχουν πολλές ομοιότητες μεταξύ τους.Όπως και να’χει αυτό εδώ μου άρεσε περισσότερο…

Humble,smooth and fairly interesting Indonesian production by Punjabi brothers(Parkit films).Honestly this one was a pretty killer way to spend a couple of hours and I found myself pretty satisfied after watching the proceedings at the seedy Java alleys.

Back alleys are home to Nicky, who handles women and his fists with equal style. When he unknowingly sets up his girlfriend in an assassination plot, she escapes, only to become the hitman’s next target and now Nicky must save her and himself. Directed by Robert Chappell, this Indonesian actioner stars William Penn Sullivan as Nicky Hogan, your basic stubble-chinned American expatriate. While shacking up with local prostitute Aileen (Ayu Azhari), Hogan answers the mysterious summons of American woman Samantha (Ava Lazar). The latter wants to compromise a high-ranking government official, with the help of Hogan and Aileen. When said official is murdered, Hogan becomes the target of seemingly every CIA agent and paid assassin in the Far East. The “maguffin” in Java Burn is a packet of secret documents: Who’s got them, who wants them, and who can be trusted?

Well,this one has enough flesh in its bones to keep you awake.The film pace is quite fast and the spy-mafia subplot works perfectly fine.The Indonesian location always offers the extra attraction value in a movie.On the downside William Penn Sullivan is a darn weak lead and his action antics are some of the most unconvincing you’ll see in an 80ies action film.

In Greece,this one was distributed as “Jakarta 2” but in my own humble opinion this is way better than “Jakarta”.Action fans will have a nice time.



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