The Raid: Redemption (2012)

The Raid: Redemption is a no frills all thrills inventive action flick. Breathlessly visceral with creative cinematography and astounding marital arts choreography. There are no dull moments in this pulse pounding cult classic.  

Set in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, a SWAT team becomes trapped during an apartment building raid. Run by a ruthless drug kingpin, its not long before the halls are littered with with his army of killers and thugs.

Gareth Evan’s noisy blood lusting crowd pleaser is a stylistic throwback to the grindhouse genre. It is expertly paced with ferocious tenacity. Evan’s never runs out of inventive ways to kill somebody.

A little late to the party with this one… let’s not lie, we all have that list of movies that we know we should have seen, but haven’t yet. Action is a tricky genre to hold my interest, most times I find it becomes repetitive and uninteresting. Fortunately, The Raid does not fall into that trap. The Raid is a true triumph of marital arts choreography, the camera work dances around the fight sequences in long wide combative takes. The scores pulsing synth does well to play embellish the playful use of set design allows the camera to impressively follow the action everywhere it goes – dropping through floors, circling around doorways and walls.

The plot is simple enough, get in, get out. It doesn’t weigh down what the film is really about. A showcase of the impressive martial art of pencak silat. My only question for the film would be in the title itself. The Raid: Redemption? Who or what is redeemed?

The Raid: Redemption is brutal and bloody. So relentless in its action, it’s a never ending visual spectacle.

8.0 / 10

“Pulling the trigger is like ordering takeout”


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