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The Raid: Redemption Reviews

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½ June 13, 2017
Action was great. Some parts were over the top but overall one of the best actions I've seen.
½ June 12, 2017
In a word: awesome. This movie is decidedly by-the-numbers, but it's ingenious director knows it and won't let that stand. Gareth Evans takes the simple premise of a bunch of cops versus a seemingly endless army of deadly criminals, and turns it into a tension-filled display of awesome action and creative filmmaking. With the numbing pace of a side-scrolling video game and the visual creativity of an art house film, Evans is the movie's real breakthrough star (no disrespect to Iko Uwais, of course). This is a fast and creative piece of bone-crushing action that I could watch again and again! I love it!
May 15, 2017
Grade - B
'The Raid' features excellent fight choreography and a lightning fast pace, all backed up with a good score; but loses marks due to its bare-bones story.
½ May 4, 2017
As close to a video game as you can probably get. We follow an Indonesian SWAT team as they break into a fortress-like tenement building that is home to a notorious criminal/drug dealer. Once the action starts, it never lets up - hundreds of baddies pour out of every doorway and stream down every hall. The ultra-violence quotient is cranked up impossibly high - blood spurts and squirts everywhere and the martial arts fighting (Pencak Silat) is rough and brutal; this film is not for the squeamish. However, you'll probably find yourself thinking more about the stunt coordinator and the mechanics of making the action look realistic than worrying about the real hurts involved. Still, the ruthlessness is a downside for me, as I much prefer the Jacky Chan-style of fighting film with some comic relief thrown in for good measure. Then I can enjoy the choreography without grimacing too much. Here, the relentlessness can be rather grinding (and the thumping soundtrack heightens the effect); you also have to wonder (and worry?) whether there are people who get off on the violence of it all. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a visceral rush and can look past the broken bones and machetes to the throat, this is a taut action film.
May 2, 2017
Show indonesia can make great action movie
½ April 30, 2017
Epic action film with some awesome action scenes sadly the shaky cam was really bad at some points would have given three stars but for poor camera work couldn't do it 2 1/2 out of 4. Really wanted to give it three.
½ March 31, 2017
I give this a 91/A-.
March 14, 2017
All you want in a martial arts film
February 25, 2017
Martial arts has always been a fascination to the world at least in the movies since Bruce Lee's foray into Hollywood. The same enthusiasm has been carried forward by Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Jaa and the likes in their own style while adapting to changing times. Thus far, the primary combination has always been that of martial arts, modern technology and modern crime world along with a healthy dose of PG entertainment thrown in with occassional fantasy setups and animation. With 'The Raid: Redemption', it is taken to a whole new territory of gore, grit and overall graphic violence which marks a definitive shift in its target audience while putting the Indonesian movie industry in the global map of cinema along the way.

Rama (Iko Uwais) is a rookie in the tactical police team which has been assigned to engage a crime syndicate operating from an apartment building. The team is led by Jaka (Joe Taslim) based on the intel procured from Wahyu (Pierre Gruno) and the operation was expected to be quick and silent. The mob boss Tama (Ray Sahetapy), his muscle Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) and brain Andi (Donny Alamsyah) along with a huge network of spotters (generally children), surveillance cameras and mercenaries was underestimated by the tactical team. The whole operation goes downhill as soon as it starts with body count rising and a never ending barrage of bad guys popping up in every corner. Rama and Wahyu have their own agenda amid all the chaos. Can they make it out alive?

You get a similar scenario as that of 'Black Hawk Down' where a large and sophisticated military team go into Somalia for a quick and clean mission but end up losing many men and the rest scared and desperate to get back in one piece. 'The Raid' isn't about getting back in one piece but to pursue on relentlessly and at the same time playing for the masses every opportunity it gets. The graphic violence and the gore is on another level compared to movies of this genre. Even though there are a lot of gun battles, there are even more fist and knife fights which is where things get murkier. Skulls crushed, arms and legs broken, spines twisted, jaws cracked, torsos slashed and blood everywhere. Definitely not your average action movie.

Considering the entire story is just the movie's namesake - a raid, even though the twists, revelations, human relationships etc. are all projected with the right intensity and strategically timed - it is the visual display of those martial arts combined with graphic violence that wins big for it. The action choreography is very innovative where the kicks and punches come in lightening pace and bodies are crushed in ways a normal viewer wouldn't have imagined. Complementing it is the excellent cinematography where each kick and punch is captured and projected with the maximum intensity for genre audience's pleasure. Generally the acting in Asian movies are a little overboard, but 'The Raid' makes sure the standard is very different from normal by maintaining the correct tone and the actors are to be commended for it. With a short runtime, crisp screenplay and enough twists in the script to keep the viewer engaged, the movie is a complete package for whoever can stomach the gore and violence.

Not your average martial-art themed action flick, but every other can become a child's play after seeing this.
½ February 25, 2017
This is no doubt one of the greatest action movies I have ever seen. This is a violent movie with very little dialogue so know that before going in. The hand to hand fighting in this film is the best to ever be put on the big screen. This movie seriously blew me away. The one flaw would be that it doesn't have the greatest plot but it's enough to keep the action interesting. Please do yourself a favor and watch this movie!
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February 18, 2017
An amazing film with some of the best action i've seen in a film ever, The plot is simple go in and take everyone out but as you can guess it doesn't go to plan, I was in two minds whether to watch this or not because it's subtitled and it does put allot of people off but I'm glad I did it's a must watch for all action fans plus there's an English voice over on dvd/blu ray, Let's hope the American remake is just as violent and bloody please.
½ February 10, 2017
Features some of the best fight scenes ever put to film.
February 9, 2017
Wow... the action in this film was mind blowing!
January 29, 2017
Bad ass action film!!!
January 19, 2017
A masterclass in super-tense entertainment. The many fistfights are just exemplary and, very importantly, inventive, whereas the whole premise is simple and effective enough to let the action unfold. Gareth Evans's direction is excellent, and he seems to know exactly where to go with his film in terms of pacing and overall orchestration of the action. "The Raid" is 100 minutes long but never becomes boring or repetitive. Instead it keeps you glued to your seat right until the mindblowing climax.
January 10, 2017
When you think action, most people don't think Indonesia (or Wales for that matter), but a Welsh writer/director and an Indonesian cast have made one of the better action movies in recent memory. The taking of an entire apartment complex is an inspired choice, since it provides for a pretty high body count. It has a good balance of gun play and hand to hand combat, plus there were some fairly unique death scenes. Still the movie is not perfect. The action is slow to get started, the movie is fairly predictable, and some the martial arts "battles" can go on too long. Overall, though, fans of action movies who don't mind reading subtitles will find the movie very enjoyable.
December 13, 2016
great action movie. suspenseful throughout, lots of great scenes. the hand to hand combat was superb and very creative. fast and hard-hitting. this is a straight action movie (3 viewings)
December 6, 2016
Some really great stunt work and physical action scenes.
½ November 12, 2016
this movie is like one big, long, bad ass fight scene with some of the best action sequences put to film and it's non-stop entertainment. the acting is amazing and it adds well to the action sequences. the dialogue was surprisingly made done and fast paced. definitely one of the best action films of the decade.

Owens grade: A
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