The Raid: Redemption was nearly an answer to my action prayers. I've long said that if you're going to make an action film with no other purpose than to sell elaborate action sequences than that's all that should really be in the film. Instead they always try to justify it with some convoluted, nonsensical plot. Jason Stathan and Jet Li recently stared in a film War which I feel should have started with Jet Li accidentally stepping on Stathans puma followed by an 80 minute fight sequence about it. You'd watch that film, I'd watch that film and we'd both love it. The Raid: Redemption starts off with a S.W.A.T. team storming an apartment building swarming with criminals. Nearly the entire film consists of just one action sequence after another. Unfortunately there were three things that really bothered me. First when the S.W.A.T. team runs out of ammo it seems that the criminals either conveniently ran out as well or sportingly decided to put down their arms and go mano-a-mano with the surviving cops. Second the S.W.A.T. team spends the first half of the movie getting the absolute S*%^ kicked out of them until the fight becomes hand to hand and then they're practically videogame characters plowing through endless waves of anonymous villains. A little balance would have been nice. Thirdly the film eventually tacks on the clique villainous plot twist which causes the film to basically be as convoluted and nonsensical as the hundreds of action films that predated it. It was refreshing seeing The Raid even if it fell short of my expectations. We're getting closer to that pure action film every day though.