Garena Free Fire has partnered with director Timo Tjahjanto and action star Joe Taslim for a short film adaptation of the hit battle royale game. The film's arrival coincides with the release of Free Fire's latest character, Jota, modelled on Taslim himself.
Lasting just over 7 minutes, "Jota VS Dewi Dangdut" offers a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the game's battle royale action. Death triggers Taslim to respawn back on the intro plane, bringing to mind Live, Die, Repeat's spin on Groundhog Day's popular premise.
It makes a fun case for a feature-length adaptation, and it's neat to see Taslim and Tjahjanto reteam after their work together on Netflix's The Night Comes for Us. With the short film having already amassed over 2 million views on YouTube, we could perhaps be seeing similar promotional content in future.
Taslim was once a member of the Indonesian national judo team before taking on a career in acting. He's previously starred in Hollywood hits such as Star Trek Beyond and Fast & Furious 6, as well as two of the best action films in recent memory: The Raid and the aforementioned The Night Comes for Us. He'll also be playing Sub-Zero in the upcoming film adaptation of Mortal Kombat.
The Jota in-game character is now available globally after launching first in Indonesia, Taslim and Tjahjanto's home country. Jota is a spy disguised as a movie stuntman, offering impressive parkour abilities and the Sustained Raid skill. He can immediately recover up to 40 HP whenever he kills an enemy using an SMG or shotgun, making him a deadly opponent on the field.
Garena Free Fire continues to be one of the biggest games globally, having been crowned the most-downloaded mobile game of 2019. If you're yet to give it a go, you'll find it available for download as a free-to-play title from the App Store and Google Play.