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The Raid: Redemption (2012)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 121 | Rotten: 22

No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 5

No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.



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As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every every killer, gangster, and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team's fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength


Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International

Gareth Evans

Aug 14, 2012


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (22) | DVD (2)

My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source:
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For now, count 'The Raid' alongside the likes of Peter Jackson's 'Bad Taste' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Mimic': a talented young filmmaker flexing his muscles, stating his intent, and promising better things in the future.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source:
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"The Raid: Redemption" is built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it's as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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Hollywood is particularly unsuited to producing sensation cinema these days.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

You really have an obligation to see it to witness what has a legitimate claim of being the best action film of all time.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Gareth Huw Evans doesn't swipe plot points as much as organically build a taut, expertly choreographed heir to urban mayhem fantasies

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Action so relentless, the stuntmen probably asked for stuntmen.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The movie "Dredd 3D" should have been.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Hyped as one of the most thrilling and enjoyable action movies to come along in the last decade, this is one of the rare occasions where the hype is actually well deserved.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

The Raid: Redemption is simply the best action movie of the last decade. Director Gareth Evans films the combat with a trained eye to maximize the intensity and entertainment.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"The Raid: Redemption" will be most successful for people with A.D.D. or just generally short attention spans.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

This adrenaline-fuelled spectacle of flying fists, whirling kicks and spurting blood will leave you breathless, exhilarated and shouting for more.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

An electrifyingly kinetic and insanely frenetic action flick stacked with a level of violence at which the makers of Grand Theft Auto would marvel.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

"Clever" may not be the right word for The Raid: Redemption, but it's certainly economical, compact, and potent.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The rawest and most intense action spectacle we've seen from any country in years, but it fails to grasp the importance of balancing badassery with at least a little maturity.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comments (2)

An unstoppable wrecking ball of an action film that signals the action genre is alive and well...

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Raid: Redemption boasts an outstanding showcase of martial arts and stuntwork. The story might be thin, and the fighting a little repetitive, but The Raid is a knockout low-budget actioner.

August 13, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

[T]his is undeniably kinetic and definitely the work of a filmmaker with incredible action chops.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source:

Film critics across the world have been raving about The Raid but are they raving mad? It may be visually dazzling but ultimately is more like a bloodthirsty video game than a great movie.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: UTV | Comments (2)

That the action is vivid and for the most part, unrelenting, is indisputable, but the brain, consistently pummelled as it witnesses bloody orgy after bloody orgy, is undernourished in all other respects.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (3)
The Ooh Tray

An action movie so relentlessly exciting and brutal that watching it will leave you feeling black-and-blue and breathless.

May 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Evans, who's clearly an admirer of Walter Hill, John Woo, John Carpenter and John McTiernan, maintains a fierce pace that never lets up.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Raid: Redemption

Whatever The Raid: Redemption lacks in story, it more than makes up for with some of the fastest and coolest choreographed martial arts scenes I've ever seen. A must see for any action movie fan.
April 7, 2014

Super Reviewer

The story is predictable (as all action films come to be) but The Raid: Redemption is a grizzly-good motion picture that's quick and straight-to-the-action. A mere "Game of Death" with guns and swords, this film provides enough suspense, blood and thrilling action sequences to mix in with some of stylish direction from director Gareth Evans and alternative score from Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor). It's fast-paced and sure to satisfy any action movie-goer. 4.5/5
January 1, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

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Inventive non-stop stunts. Not much of a plot.
June 7, 2013
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer

The Raid: Redemption is a balls to the wall action film featuring impressive stunts and battle sequences that are a rarity in today's cinema: aimed at the mature audience, not the teen blockbuster crowd that a majority of action films are geared towards. They are bloody, gruesome, and choreographed viscerally and realistically rather than for eye candy. There's plenty of sequences that will still impress on an eye candy level, but more for how well done they are by the actors rather than because of expensive special effects. There's a plot involved with police trying to overtake a crime lord, but it is more used for the set-up of trying to make it to the top of a 15 floor building to get to him than anything. Every person (save for one) is out to kill the policemen. It kind of makes it similar to a video game in that aspect, but there's just enough going on with the plot to keep you interested before people start destroying each other again. The dialogue is not the greatest, but it gets you from point A to point B effectively. If you need a compelling story to sell you on your films, this is not it, but if you just want to watch some of the most impressive action choreography of the year along with some heaping of blood, there's probably nothing better.
April 30, 2013

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