Watched Sep 08, 2012
Dan Cole’s review:
Gareth Evans explodes into the mainstream consciousness with The Raid. A dizzyingly brutal film that utterly delivers with some of the best choreographed action sequences of recent years.
Although the premise and narrative are light, the film makes up for it with a visceral nature that is hard not to enjoy. Evans shows off his many talents as the writer/director/editor builds palatable tension throughout the film as our heroes are trapped and being hunted. He also manages to subvert action film clichés near the beginning as most of the good guys are slaughtered. The narrative conclusion maybe a little predictable near the end, but Evans puts enough stylistic flare into the film so it manages to feel fresh rather than familiar.
Even though the soundtrack gets a bit much at times, the film is an explosion for the senses that puts most modern action blockbusters to shame.