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The Raid: Redemption Reviews

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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!
Super Reviewer
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
November 6, 2016
Purely awesome on nearly all-accounts; this is a non-stop thrill ride that leaves the viewer exasperated afterwards, but in such great fashion.
November 6, 2016
My only criticism is the lack of characters, but I feel as if that is completely justified because it takes away one of my other criticisms of the action genre as a whole: The general predictableness. I can usually tell who will live and who will die, but in this movie, you never know. Everyone is expendable. The action is well-shot and the director is amazing. Very few directors and writers know how to build suspense and tension, but within the first five minutes of this movie, I was already consumed by the action and was fully emersed. This is a must-see for any action fan.
Super Reviewer
½ November 5, 2016
An amazingly directed action film that features stunning martial arts choreography that will keep you on the edge of your chair
½ November 1, 2016
The Raid is a relentlessly repetitive haze of head-spinning violence - but what expertly-choreographed violence it is.
September 12, 2016
Holy smokes. Unbelievable.
September 9, 2016
Tense, violent, and acton-packed are the reasons why this is one of the best action flicks I have ever seen.
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