I sat down really unsure about this film.
Finished it impressed, but not blown away. There are clumsy bits, but for a film that so easily could have been a mess, or a flag-waving exercise, it's well executed piece.
It's a story that was always going to cause controversy. But Bigelow has crafted something that's sombre, if a bit thickly laid on, and which captures what was one of the story arcs of the last 10 years.
I didn't feel…
The bastard child of some focus group script development chaired by a coked-up stoner who thought putting Rocky, AI, Short Circuit, a side-helping of father-son nonsense and Wolverine on the same project would work.
Clunky script, clunky acting, clunky plot devices, clunky robots. About the only scene that flows, and that's being generous, is the final battle. But it's not like we haven't seen it done before.
There's a metaphor in there somewhere, but it's been pummelled to death by…
Remember when you first saw John Woo's "Hard Boiled" or Prachya Pinkaew's 'Ong Bak', or Robert Rodriguez's 'El Mariachi' and thought 'Holy shit, that was a rush'
Watching 'The Raid: Redemption' was like that.
Visual crack, with a thumping hypersonic soundtrack, wicked camera movement, crazy ass fight sequences with some sphincter wincing set pieces.
There's a story of sorts, with some monologues to allow us time to readjust our pants, and a creepily articulate bad guy, mandatory henchmen and a…