Java Heat

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Released 2013

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2013
Rating:
Not rated
At a time when relations between the West and Islam are dangerously tense, Java Heat opens amidst the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation. Java Heat centers on Jake (Lutz), a reckless American tough guy who becomes embroiled in the turmoil ensuing the attacks, which killed the country's much beloved Sultana. Jake is bent on vengeance but quickly finds the world a more complicated place than he can solve with violence alone. Lost among labyrinths of religious, political and cultural havoc, Jake must ally with cerebral Muslim detective Hashim (Ario Bayu), who handles Jake more like a suspect than a partner. The uneasy friendship leads to a treacherous man-hunt for the attack's real instigator, a new breed of klepto-terrorist (Rourke), who is even more twisted and terrifying than the Jihadist terrorists he hides behind.

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  • 58

    The A.V. Club

    Unfortunately, Java Heat is also an action movie for people who don't mind clichéd plotting, lame dialogue, and the low-wattage charisma of third-string Twilight heartthrob Kellan...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    A middling genre movie, but it's oddly likable for its conflicted, unresolved tension.

  • 40

    Village Voice Nick Schager

    Java Heat's title refers not to hot coffee but to the Indonesian island, though caffeine is certainly recommended to make it through this tepid buddy-cop action flick.

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Crime, Thrillers