THE PLOT THUS FAR
Academy Award Nominee®* and Golden Globe Winner Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Immortals, Iron Man 2) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) square off the ultimate battle for domination in JAVA HEAT, an exotic cross-cultural action thriller. Following a terrorist attack in Indonesia that killed the country s beloved Sultana, headstrong American Jake Travers (Lutz) suddenly finds himself in the center of the already tense conflict between the West and Islam. Teaming up with Muslim detective Hashim (Indonesian star Ario Bayu), the unlikely duo embark on a treacherous manhunt for the attack s real perpetrator, a new breed of klepto-terrorist (Rourke), who is even more twisted and terrifying than the Jihadist terrorists he hides behind. As he navigates the labyrinths of religious, political, and cultural havoc that surround him, Jake must learn to abandon his thirst for vengeance in order to stop the mastermind from attacking again.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
After a suicide bomber strikes in Indonesia, American Marine/FBI agent Jake Travers travels there posing as a graduate student to catch the terrorists behind it. Getting help from a Muslim cop Hashim they begin to uncover a hidden truth that could wind up being more dangerous then suicide bombers. I have to start by saying action movies like this don’t really rely to much on acting to keep you interested but Lutz’s acting is so bad it’s almost distracting. Also Mickey Rourke seems miscast in this. Other then that the movie is not too bad but it is a little slow and hard to stay interested in in a few parts.
The film could almost be construed as trying to be Islamexploitation. But, I think that’s more due to the choices to throw out environmental choices for plot forwarding. Mickey Rourke is working on another planet, while Kellan Lutz tries to play it seriously. It’s awkward, but it makes it funny to watch. Oh well, what did you expect?
The Blu-Ray comes with a making-of featurette and trailer. The A/V Quality is strong with a supportive transfer and a DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track doesn’t get much back channel action outside of the few suspense scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a rental before anything.
RELEASE DATE: 09/17/2013