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The Raid

March 25, 2012

Tama: Please, enjoy yourself.

The Raid: [Redemption] acknowledges what the audience wants, and delivers an adrenaline-filled action masterpiece. This film is a balls-to-the-wall action film, including some of the most impressive action sequences I’ve seen in decades. Director Gareth Evans and his amazing cast perform flawlessly choreographed fight scenes that move so perfectly that it should be a crime to leave this film unsatisfied. I’ll finish off this opening with a variety of cliches. This film makes Die Hard look like a walk on the beach. This film makes Hard Boiled look like a rotten egg. This film makes Assault on Precinct 13 look like a panty raid. I cannot express enough love for The Raid – it’s truly stunning. Now excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor…

Don’t you just love it when a plot is so simple? The Raid’s plot is literally seen on the poster. We have twenty elite cops, one ruthless crime lord, and thirty floors of mayhem. The film itself is set up for a good time – but takes a good fifteen minutes to get itself going. However, it becomes absolutely enthralling once it gets going. We are given thirty floors of non-stop – partially stunning action that is likely to get a rise out of almost any audience.

Iko Uwais is our commendable lead here – showing us more than just his acting – his superlative fighting skills. That’s right, folks: Uwais did all of his own stunts, and boy, did he do ’em well. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this clip ahead (warning: spoilers). Uwais does everything you can imagine from an action film: throat punches, throat slits, gut-punches, shootouts, and basically everything seen in The Matrix – only a reality. 

Just a fun fact to point out: there were a few almost-terminal incidents on-set involving a flying machete almost hitting the lead photographer and a stuntmen dropped 5 floors hitting concrete. Luckily, they survived without any heavy injuries. Now, I can’t say the same for the thugs in the film (I kid). Nonetheless, with the amount of violence shown in this film, I wouldn’t even be remotely surprised with a few minor injuries goin’ around. 

I’ve ran out of stuff to say. You’ve just gotta see The Raid: [Redemption]. An action flick like this rarely comes around. In fact, this may be the BEST action film I’ve ever seen. If The Raid is playing in your area, see it!

The Raid: 4.5 out of 5

One Comment leave one →
  1. atcha permalink
    March 26, 2012 9:16 am

    I love this movie too. People queue here (Indonesia) to waatch it. And if I may add your review, quoted from local media, minor injuries happened include iko’s knee injury by which he had to rest for 3 weeks, cheek scratch, and muscular tear to other casts. No need to ask for bruises…

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