Red & White (Merah Putih)
Red & White (Merah Putih) (2009)

The directorial debut of acclaimed Indonesian cinematographer Yadi Sugandi and the first film in a Freedom Trilogy celebrating Indonesian national history, Merah Putih (aka The Red and The White, another name for the Indonesian flag), is a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2011
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David Jenkins
Time Out

This cliché-ridden war story from Indonesian director Yadi Sugandi suggests that the Dutch occupation of Indonesia in the post-war period played out like a tawdry TV movie made with the help of a dressing-up box and lots of fake blood and fireworks.

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Peter Bradshaw

Not too bad, though a little plodding.

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Sam Toy
Empire Magazine

Sub-standard battle scenes and ropey characterisation drain this powerful story of its impact. Less history than histrionic.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

The historical events may be little known but everything else from the swelling score to the cardboard characters feels all too familiar.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The subject is fascinating, but the approach is flawed.

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Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies

In the end it resorts to slow-motion violence, confirming its mediocrity.

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Total Film

With the score swelling ludicrously every time the leads so much as scratch their heads, this would-be creation myth falls flat on its face.

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