The Raid: Redemption
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
Michael Douglas said to Sharon Stone:
" You are the fuck of the century "
Well, I say to The Raid: Redemption,
"You are the action film of the century"
This is the purest, most unadulterated form of action I have ever seen.
This will cause a rush of blood and make your temperature rise.
I fucking loved it.
The Raid has little to no plot and character development, but it has a shit ton of epic ass kicking fun! What you basically get is 101 minutes of beautifully choreographed fighting that's a blast to watch. If you're looking for an easy watch and don't mind if everyone is "kung fu fighting" I highly recommend this film.
A rajtaütés című indonéz-amerikai kooperáció egy remek ackióthriller azoknak, akik szeretik a műfajt, a sok vért, a pörgés jeleneteket és az távol-keleti harcművészeteket.
"Egy SWAT-osztag csapdába kerül egy lakóházban, ami egy könyörtelen gengszter és bérgyilkos-alakulata kezében van." - A többit már kitaláljátok vagy esetleg megnézitek a filmet :)
I am not sure if this is a modern day homage to sitting back in your seat and happily muttering, 'Oooh!' or if it is an allegory for crazy, fucking amazing.
Whatever the truth, I struggle to express how much I like this film. It is visceral enjoyment, from a rather simple story placed in an environment where nobody has anything to lose. The bad guys are excellent, better in many ways than the good guys, and hearing the almost musical manner of how the head guy speaks, maybe because it is in Indonesian (is that even the language?), is pure menace.
A sprint that lasts the length of a marathon, where both you and the characters only have brief moments to catch your breath.
punch punch punch punch punch i love it
Back in 2012 I was itching to see this movie, what with all the clamour amongst movie reviewers about how it revivifying the action genre. I remember reading Roger Ebert's review and thinking he must be hopelessly out of touch for panning the movie (the inevitable dismissal referring to its similarities to video games he made sealed the deal). But upon actually watching the film for the first time, I have to say that not only is the video game comparison apt, but it's apt in all the wrong ways. Don't get me wrong: I believe video games can be art, and that furthermore they are more than capable of influencing cinema in positive ways (Scott Pilgrim, for instance, deploys…
The choreography is impressive, but I'm pretty sure this film was directed by a psychopath. The film is so tonally misguided it renders each fight scene into a grotesque freakshow. Had it embraced a campier tone, like SHOOT 'EM UP, we might have had something here, but as it stands this might have been the most unpleasant viewing experience I've had in quite some time.
An intense, no holds barred orgy of violence - in short, the best and most exciting action film that I have seen in a long time. The plot is simple: a SWAT team sent in to take out a crime lord gets trapped and has to fight their way out. It essentially has everything that a good action film needs: a likeable protagonist; hordes of disposable bad guys; lots of guns; lots of knives; an insane henchman who can deal some serious damage; some (literally) explosive set pieces; some (not particularly) surprising twists; and, perhaps most notably, masterfully choreographed hand to hand combat. This is totally full on, you wonder how any of the main characters can even still stand…
Just ridiculously awesome.
A good film with great action, it only falls short of being a great action due to flaws from a somewhat inexperienced director resulting in many fight scenes dragging on for far too long
Some trips to the cinema are as much about the experience of watching the movie, as it is to experience the movie in itself.
As such, there may be slight bias due to festival buzz at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, appropriately), but The Raid deserves to be seen in a packed auditorium, with people squealing and wincing with every punch, dagger stab, impalement and spine break this relentless action movie has to offer.
The final fight sucked the air out of the hall and when we were allowed to breathe, there was gasping, laughter followed by a rapturous applause and wolf whistles. In South Korea. By Asians. Token white guy for the wolf whistle likely, though.