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Film review: Java Heat

An 'explode first, explain later' action cliché-fest starring Kellan Lutz.

Kellan Lutz in Java Heat. Courtesy Margate House Films
Kellan Lutz in Java Heat. Courtesy Margate House Films

Java Heat

Director: Conor Allyn

Starring: Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke, Ario Bayu

*

 

Set in Indonesia, Kellan Lutz plays Jake, an undercover American agent on the tail of a woman held captive by a ruthless terrorist (Mickey Rourke). Characters, plot and intrigue are all absent in this "explode first, explain later" action cliché-fest. The film's fatal flaw is that it is far more concerned with looking like a Hollywood action film than feeling like one and that results in an excruciating 100 minutes. Lutz withers in the spotlight, playing Jake as an oafish American stereotype opposite an eye-rolling Bayu as his Indonesian partner. Rourke is entertaining at times, but perhaps only due to his abandonment of all subtlety (and exceedingly odd accent). Overall, a wretched mess of an action film, with only passable production values to commend it.

* James Luxford