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‘The Big 4’ Netflix Movie Review - Deliciously Gory And Exhilarating

The movie follows four retired assassins, who spring back into action when they cross paths with a straight-arrow cop determined to track down an elusive murderer

Vikas Yadav - Thu, 15 Dec 2022 16:00:04 +0000 5133 Views
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Timo Tjahjanto's The Big 4 is an exhilarating action movie that almost consistently scores a bullseye. It's colorful and wonderful and moves with confidence. I had a blast while watching this film, and I am sure the same can be said about the filmmakers, who clearly enjoyed making this movie.

The title refers to Topan (Abimana Aryasatya), Alpha (Lutesha), Jenggo (Arie Kriting), and Pelor (Kristo Immanuel). The four of them are skilled fighters and work for Petrus (Budi Ros), whom they call father. After rescuing children from an organ trafficking racket in the opening, Petrus decides to retire from the job. Since his daughter, Dina (Putri Marino), is about to become a cop, he cannot continue doing the vigilante work. Unsurprisingly, Petrus gets murdered, as this is precisely what happens in movies when a character decides to retire from an unlawful job. It rains on the day he dies because even angels are crying over the death of a great, kind man.

It must be noted that the sad scenes in The Big 4 are not as effective as other moments. They are merely functional, telling us just enough about the relationship between the characters. The good news is that the movie doesn't spend too much time drowning in sorrow. Tjahjanto understands his strengths and rightly jumps to comedy or action to avoid losing momentum. And the thrilling sensation he generates through his set pieces is simply excellent.

The fight sequences in The Big 4 are executed with style and fervor. They are deliciously and deliriously deranged. Tjahjanto is unapologetic when it comes to spilling a profusion of blood, and there are moments where he mines comedy from gore. The latter is evident in the scene where a rocket launcher backfires, and after the explosion, all we see are the legs of a woman. You laugh when someone blows a villain's head off with a shotgun, and the blood flows out like a mini-fountain on the face of a character. For a movie that loves action sequences, it comes as no surprise that one of its characters, Jenggo, shows affection towards his sniper (its name is Siska). When he reunites with his weapon after three years, we get sexual dialogues like putting the finger into the hole.

It's not just Jenggo; even other characters are infused with quirks. The main villain, Antonio (Martino Lio), possesses eccentric mannerisms that oscillate between mirth and malevolence. He is known as Scorpio, so wait until he pulls out his hair. His assistant, Alo (Michelle Tahalea), uses a rocket launcher, probably to preserve her time and energy. I wish she had rejected Alpha's call for hand-to-hand combat and fired the rocket launcher instead. It would have been funny and awesome. Like these fascinating characters, there is a fascinating weapon that spits out small balls of fire that, upon touching the ground, blow up like a deadly bomb.

Besides being unapologetic about blood and gore, The Big 4 shamelessly revels in the dirt. A hand with traces of saliva touches the face of a character. We get a nasty visual when a man's face is drowned in the toilet. A sweaty stomach brushes up against a woman's face when a "secret kick" is performed. Even the camera is partly smeared with blood during the opening rescue operation. One senses that the filmmakers have completely surrendered themselves to a vision of carnage, melodrama, muck, and humor. Their brazen assurance on their canvas helps us in reaping great pleasure from the material. Don't let The Big 4 fly under your radar.

Final Score- [8.5/10]
Reviewed by - Vikas Yadav
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Publisher at Midgard Times



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