The Raid: Redemption

2012

The Raid: Redemption

Critics Consensus

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

86%

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Total Count: 161

87%

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User Ratings: 52,271
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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 - winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life. -- (C) Sony

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Critic Reviews for The Raid: Redemption

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (36)

  • My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended.

    Aug 28, 2013 | Full Review…

    Chase Whale

    Film.com
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  • Guaranteed to be a word-of-mouth hit. Expect to be introducing people to The Raid for years to come.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Raid is completely deranged - and completely superb.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Apr 13, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Raid: Redemption

  • Jan 22, 2019
    Despite being an early entry, The Raid is arguably the most revolutionary action movie of the past decade. And the decade is almost over. Iko Uwais is clear talent when it comes to this sort of stunt work, and with the exception of a little too much shakey-cam near the start, you get a really look at him (and the rest of the cast) doing their thing, a lesson which the majority of Hollywood action movies nowadays apparently needs to re-learn.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Raid is the Indonesian version of Dredd. I know this was released first but I couldn't get it out of my head! We follow a SWAT team who raid an apartment block in order to capture Pa-Pa, but the Pa-Pa clan aren't going to make it easy...(ok fine, no more Dredd references). One minute in and our main character is punching, elbowing and kicking a sand bag at 100mph. Bam! I was ready to sit back and watch a heck load of hand combat unfold. 40 minutes later, still no hand combat scenes...I was growing agitated. Thankfully though, the film turned around and our main character was battling his way through using only his body and knives. I'm talking full annihilation. Complete decimation. The residents did not stand a chance! Wham! Bam! Kapow! Swish! Slice! Followed by continuous noises as our characters fights to death. "Ah! Ehh! Phwoarrr! Hai! Ohhh!"...you get the gist. The action is pretty relentless, well executed and rapid. The choreography is insane. INSANE! There is one scene where two good guys are against one bad guy (apologies for the bland description) that goes on for six minutes. I have never seen so much flipping, kicks to the head, jump punches and head smashes to the floor...in my life. The bad guy in that scene is like the Indonesian Terminator, he just wouldn't die. The directing was good overall, not many quick cuts although the camera was particularly shaky during the first half. My problems with the film are with the plot conveniences and predictability. I don't really want to dive into it for spoiler reasons but if our main character is in a tricky situation, something would always happen to get him out. Any "twists" that were executed, were predictable and poorly constructed. Also some fight scenes in rooms have all the furniture right next to the walls, therefore leaving a massive open space for the fight. I would like to have seen them use the furniture to their advantage. Plus, I literally just watched it and don't know the main character's name. At all. Greatest action movie ever? No, but it's good!
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2016
    An amazingly directed action film that features stunning martial arts choreography that will keep you on the edge of your chair
    Andrew H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    This film is a game changer, just like the Hong Kong bullet ballets from the late 80's/early 90's were. The violence is hard core. The stunt work amazing. A minimal plot to extract the maximum amount of action. Expect this film to influence other action fare (and to get an American remake).
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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