Blu-ray Review: VALENTINE: THE DARK AVENGER


VALENTINETHE DARK AVENGER is based on characters from Skylar Comics. The movie was directed by August Pedtol from a screenplay by Beby Hasibuan and stars Estelle Linden, Matthew Settle, Arie Dagienkz and Ahmad Affandy.

Batavia City is a metropolitan jewel … but one increasingly tarnished in the face of rising crime. Amidst the chaotic onslaught of robbery and violence, a hero rises! City of Batavia has been infested with robbery and violence. Srimaya, a waitress at a café, dreams of a glamorous life as an actress. A chance meeting with a film director and his assistant leads to a life-changing series of events for Srimaya, as they take her on a thrilling adventure that finds the waitress-turned-actress transforming into the person Batavia City needs and deserves most: the consummate kick-ass superhero! Taking to the streets as “Valentine,” she becomes a role model to the people of Batavia, and a foil to the city’s lowlifes and ne’er-do-wells. But when a sinister masked villain emerges from the shadows of the night, Srimaya realizes that all of her vigilante exploits were a mere dress rehearsal for the ultimate showdown!

Bono (Matthew Settle) is trying to find an actress to play the right superhero role model-type in his project and when he discovers Srimaya (Estelle Linden), and her badass fighting skills, he unleashes her on the streets to fight crime. He can’t fight because of an accident (which is explained) so he hires Srimaya to clean up the streets. Bono also recruits his friend Wawan (Arie Dagienkz) to film everything that goes down as well as make a costume for Srimaya. She goes through several costume changes along the way but finally gets the kick-ass right look as she settles in to her new role as this crime-fighting vigilante.

What happens is, there’s a new villain called The Shadow who begins terrorizing Batavia City and when the police quickly realize they’re no match for him and his henchwomen. This is where Srimaya comes in to help them take out the villian which ends up leading to a shocking discovery for the young heroine. Srimaya has been dealing with a tragic loss and some family issues that end up being connected to the police department her late father used to work for as well as the masked villain she’s been fighting against.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Valentine: The Dark Avenger ended up being a fun Indonesian superhero flick that has a lot of potential to become a franchise. The plot is the whole good versus evil thing but at the center of it all is this young woman who’s dealing with personal issues that include her family. She’s really cute and also happens to be a badass that fights crime! I liked the concept but the movie did have some flaws because the heroine needed to be a little more interesting. She’s fun to follow but there was something missing and I think it was depth to the character and that can sometimes slow things down for the viewer. Valentine takes a grounded approach so don’t expect any big special effects. Instead we get some fantastic fights scenes that include some well-choreographed martial arts and weapon usage. There’s also lots of bullets and explosions that pack a punch in this crime-fighting actioner. All in all, August Pedtol has unleashed an ambitious superhero flick with Estelle Linden delivering a knockout performance as the adorable heroine. Valentine: The Dark Avenger will be making its North American debut on May 14th when it arrives on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:)

Blu-ray Audio: English/Indonesian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English Dub DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include a theatrical trailer (01:51) and behind-the-scenes image gallery (02:12).

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