Silat Warriors: Deed of Death Review: Martial Arts At Its Most Boring

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death

Martial arts films have made a resurgence as of late. The genre has morphed, and countries throughout the world have brought their own spin on the genre. In Malaysia, Islam is the predominant religion in the country. As a result, the Silat Melayu style is highly influenced by Islam and its philosophies. Silat Warriors: Deed of Death, in turn, is a religious film that celebrates both Silat Melayu and Islam. You won’t see a Christian flick with a bunch of ass-kicking scenes.

Silat Warriors is full of juxtaposing scenes between those who practice Islam and those who don’t. Essentially that’s the basis of the plot. Silat Warriors: Deed of Death follows “a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal betting, drag racing, and brutal street fights pits him against a ruthless criminal enterprise, his luck finally runs out. The gang shows up at his father’s home to collect on the debt, forcing his family to fight in order to save their land—and his life.”

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death feels like it’s made by an amateur or student filmmaker on a low-to-zero budget.

As you can see, the film comes with a ton of unnecessary family drama. The film tries to set up several layers of storylines, including a long-brewing feud between the family patriarch and the film’s villain. Unfortunately, none of the film’s several storylines holds any interest or intrigue at all. Everything is just filler, and Majid and Tajudin disappear for most of the film. Both Khoharullah Majid and Feiyna Tajudin are real-life martial artists, and the film isn’t as entertaining since it focuses primarily on Mat Arip (Fad Anuar). Most egregious is that the film frequently cuts away from the exciting action to go back to this dreary storyline. Imagine watching an exciting action scene, then it cuts to a scene of the family. Dull and awkward doesn’t even begin to describe what it’s like watching Silat Warriors

Not to mention, the film feels like it’s made by an amateur or student filmmaker on a low-to-zero budget. For better or worse, first-time filmmaker Areel Abu Bakar made Deed of Death look like a do-it-yourself martial arts film. The filmmakers are clearly inspired by the Hong Kong cinematographic style of shooting a fight scene. The up-close-and-personal handheld shots are a big thing in Hong Kong martial arts films these days. The raw and gritty style makes every strike hit hard.

On the other hand, Silat Warriors has several rookie low-budget errors that are also a bit distracting. The color grading is inconsistent, the edits are confusing, and even some of the audio in the mix doesn’t sound as crisp as it should be. Also, some of the editing work done on the fight scenes isn’t seamless either.

Overall, Silat Warriors: Deed of Death is a hard sell for even the hardcore martial arts fans. While the film does feature some exciting action sequences, the odd filmmaking choices prevent this film from becoming a cult classic. Thus, if you’re expecting Ong Bak or The Raid then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Rating: 1/5 atoms

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death is now available to stream on Hi-YAH!.

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