Raiding the Set of â€˜Serbuan Mautâ€™
In a run-down building in Pasar Senen, a violent battle between police and criminals was being waged. Tall, grim-faced men in black special forces uniforms marched out of the building. Inside, the air was thick with the smell of sweat and dust, as police and criminals lay sprawled on the ground.
Of course, the men were not dead, just power-napping on crash pads between takes. They were actors and stuntmen, not actual special forces commandos or murderous criminals. But their exhaustion was real. Making a movie like â€œSerbuan Mautâ€ (â€œThe Raidâ€), one of the most ambitious Indonesian action movies ever attempted, means getting up before dawn to take fists to the face, fight with machetes and fall out of windows.
â€œSerbuan Mautâ€ is the sophomore feature from the team behind the 2009 Indonesian martial arts movie â€œMerantau,â€ a crew headed by director Gareth Evans and up-and-coming martial arts action star Iko Uwais.
â€œMerantauâ€ wowed local and international audiences alike with its brutal, complex fight choreography that showed off Indonesiaâ€™s indigenous martial art, pencak silat, in all its gracefully violent, kinetic glory. With â€œSerbuan Maut,â€ the team is looking to up the ante with even more ambitious action scenes.