No one is safe in KL Special Force.
Police officer Roslan (Datuk Rosyam Nor) has one job and that is to stop Gang Anarkis.
Here’s the problem: Roslan may have the whole armed police squad behind him but it’s nothing compared to the arsenal of firepower and explosives that Gang Anarkis has. Oh, and they are always outsmarting the police at almost every opportunity.
In short, this is not your usual Gang Naga Parang with a Soffi Jikan-archetype from Kampung Baru (KL Gangster).
The Anarkis leader is sharply-dressed Ashraff (played by Syamsul Yusof) who doesn’t even bother concealing his identity in front of the police (cue the tune Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta from Geto Boys).
Suspecting Roslan may be on Ashraff’s payroll, Roslan’s boss – Superintendent Azmi (Shaharuddin Thamby) – assigns rookie Zul (Fattah Amin) to spy on the senior police inspector.
As Zul behaves suspiciously, it’s Roslan’s turn to think Zul is in cahoots with Ashraff. Sigh.
Just how do you catch a bad guy when the police officers suspect each other?
If you’re expecting a nonstop action movie, then KL Special Force will not disappoint.
The movie gets the action going from the start, with a thrilling opening sequence featuring Roslan calling a bunch of bank robbers stupid. That word gets thrown around a lot in this movie.
Then you get endless cars explosions, nonstop gunfire and brutal fight sequences. Rosyam gives an engagingly intense performance while Fattah is commendable in the way he performs his physically demanding scenes. Watch out for a scene where Fattah goes after a suspect while jumping from a bus to a car.
Underneath all the action, director Syafiq Yusof keeps the tension going with an intriguing plot about trust.
The audience are hooked on guessing who in the police force is actually helping Ashraff. Could it be the cash-strapped Roslan? Or Zul, whose fiancee’s father owns the bank targeted by Ashraff? Or maybe it’s that annoying IT guy in the surveillance room.
Syafiq also presents an interesting take on morality, one that makes you wonder if the police are protecting the right people.
If there is one jarring element in this movie – which is a problem in most local films so far – it’s the treatment of the female characters. It’s disheartening to see how the characters played by Tania Hudson (as Zul’s fiancee), Sabrina Ali (Roslan’s wife), 10-year old Puteri Balqis (Roslan’s daughter) and Liza Abdullah (Ashraff’s mother) are shelved to playing victims.
The only one to rise above a little from that awful status is Balqis’s character – a youngster who still radiates positivity despite her misfortune. Balqis – an award-winning actress – surely deserves better than the role she got here.
KL Special Force may have progressed in terms of delivering impressive action scenes but it’s out of touch for the way it portrays modern females.
Then again, it does remind us that no one is safe in a modern world where people with money have more power… especially, if you’re just a girl.
Director: Syafiq Yusof
Cast: Datuk Rosyam Nor, Fattah Amin, Syamsul Yusof, Tania Hudson, Sabrina Ali, Puteri Balqis, Josiah Hogan, Shaharuddin Thamby