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The Raid: Redemption (2012)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Gareth Evans

Starring:
Iko Uwais/Rama
Joe Taslim/JakaYayan Ruhian/Mad Dog
Ray Sahetapy/Tama
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PLOT-CRUNCH
A building. On the 30th (top) floor a crime boss. At the bottom, a Swat team. Team has to go up to nix him out, taking out the human trash along the way. Problem is, there's a f*ckload of garbage on two legs! Bullets, kicks, punches, explosions, axe fun and bodies slammed around ensues. Is this a party at my house? No! It's THE RAID!
THE LOWDOWN
Welsh Writer/Director Gareth Evans and Indonesian martial arts actor Iko Uwais must have been paying attention to the pathetic way Hollywood has been treating action fans now of late and to band-aid that up; they concocted a cure for the ailment, it’s called THE RAID: REDEMPTION! A testosterone fueled gang-bang of action that never stopped for a pee break! So with that in mind, here are 7 good reasons as to WHY you need to see THE RAID: REDEMPTION!

1-The action/body count. The flick took no prisoners in the dead bodies department. And the fact that the peeps were whacked in so many inventive and brutally graphic ways, made the mayhem go down even smoother. You're looking for novel action set pieces and crazy kills? Dig in! All about that dude and the bottom of the door (you'll see). NICE!

2- Iko Uwais as Rama put the ass in BADASS! Tony Jaa take note, this dude whooped so hard, with so much skill that I wouldn’t be surprised if he wound up starring in Ong- bak 4. Hey, somebody needs to give that slowly dying franchise a healthy round kick to the melon!

3-The simplicity. Ya know sometimes, simpler is better, just ask my ex, who always thanked me for my two-pump chumps ways. The same with The Raid. Straightforward initial premise, Swat wants to get upstairs to get head baddie; they f*ck everybody up on their way there while taking in the pain that’s dished in their direction. Sure, we got a couple of twists in terms of the storyline tossed in, but they didn’t upset the pacing or the relentless vibe of the picture.

4-It introduced me to a martial art I had never heard of and it’s called Silat. And thankfully it translated well to the screen. I was told that the art form has a lot of floor work, but they kept that to a minimum here; cause lets face it, two dudes playing "touchy-feely" on the ground does not make a for a satisfying onscreen fight party… not for me anyway…

5- Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park fame) created a full-blown score for The Raid: Redemption. And its pulse pounding, often retro and gritty ways freaking owned me! Am listening to it right now!

6-Gareth Evans eye behind the camera stroked me right! Am talking lots of high angles, slowing down moments for maximum impact and more importantly, LOOK, wide shots in fight scenes! What the hell? Did I just take a time machine back to the 80’s? Yeah man, the fights bits were not only well choreographed but also shot in a mix of very NOW (fast cutting) but also old school when it came to the use of wide and medium shots. No close-shot overload here! This shit was for real!

7-Every good action flick should have a memorable bad guy. Sure the kingpin was suave with his tank top and Subway diet that didn’t work, but the ONE dude that stayed with me was Mad Dog played by Yayan Ruhian. Not only did he have a crazy ass hair doo and an unsettling presence but his fighting skills were out of control! Straight up he had one fight that seemed to go on longer than LOTR RETURN OF THE KING. I kept thinking to myself, will this dude EVER BE DEFEATED!!! Result? One of the most visceral mano et mano ET mano fight sequence I’ve seen since OLD BOY.

Any qualms? I did catch one little cut away goof, if I go by the movie, this one dude and his two goons were in that elevator for EONS! Lastly, sometimes there was so much action that I would feel a bit antsy. That’s a good problem to have though! So all in all; am not surprised that THE RAID is already on the USA REMAKE assembly line; somebody had a simple yet effective idea before Hollywood did, what else is new. Just don’t let Usher be the lead please! Fans of clip paced, action driven, suspense charged and no holds barred kapow should get their fix from this one! Say YES to The Raid!
GORE
Welcome to the abattoir! We get slit throat, axe fun, bullets in he face, snapped necks, stabbings, cuts, bruises, countless bullet hits and more! No worries chaps and chappettes, you will see red!
T & A
Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love. We've got company!
BOTTOM LINE
What can I say; THE RAID: THE REDEMPTION acted as just that; redemption for Hollywood having forgotten how to do action right! It gunned out a potent initial premise, a tension filled action driven execution, a kinetic eye behind the camera, exhilarating gunfights, visceral hand to hand battles and all coated with a bang on score to boot. I had one cut-away complaint and I almost overdosed on action... just goes to show that I aint got shit! Yup! I had a blast with THE RAID! An adrenaline charged orgy of blood, guns, snapped necks and kicks to the head! This is the kind of movie I have been craving all year, and finally I got it! Thank you!
BULL'S EYE
Gareth Evans, Yayan Ruhian and Iko Uwais also teamed up for “Merantau” (2009).

Todd Brown of Twitch website infamy is a producer on the film.
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5:44PM on 07/06/2012
The Raid competes with The Avengers for the film that put the biggest grin on my face this year. But more than any other film, The Raid made me want to immediately go and fight a bunch of people (but in a good way; not the way a new Adam Sandler movie makes me want to go and hit everyone involved). Amazing choreography, direction and sound. Simply the best martial arts film in years, the best action film in years, and easily one of the best movies of 2012. Everyone is entitled to their opinion
The Raid competes with The Avengers for the film that put the biggest grin on my face this year. But more than any other film, The Raid made me want to immediately go and fight a bunch of people (but in a good way; not the way a new Adam Sandler movie makes me want to go and hit everyone involved). Amazing choreography, direction and sound. Simply the best martial arts film in years, the best action film in years, and easily one of the best movies of 2012. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and taste, but if you don't like The Raid there is something wrong with your eyes and ears.
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4:55PM on 04/14/2012

Walter Hill with Saki

Remember the best roller coaster ride ever and that is this film. Pacing is perfect and it never stops. There is always some tension and it escalates: then repeat it until over. Film is uncluttered, no distracting side stories, humorous side-kick, or politically correct super heroine. Even the "soft" scene in the beginning played a part later in the film. Take Walter Hill (Warriors, Alien, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort, Trespass, Hard Times)pump him full of Saki and speed, without the
Remember the best roller coaster ride ever and that is this film. Pacing is perfect and it never stops. There is always some tension and it escalates: then repeat it until over. Film is uncluttered, no distracting side stories, humorous side-kick, or politically correct super heroine. Even the "soft" scene in the beginning played a part later in the film. Take Walter Hill (Warriors, Alien, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort, Trespass, Hard Times)pump him full of Saki and speed, without the restraints of a major studio and you would see a similar film. Run out to see this film.
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8:05AM on 04/08/2012

Sweet

Awesome flick. Loved the Tony Jaa mention Arrow... Have you seen the action film Chocolate? Asians do action wwwaaayyyy better.
Awesome flick. Loved the Tony Jaa mention Arrow... Have you seen the action film Chocolate? Asians do action wwwaaayyyy better.
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8:16AM on 04/07/2012
Man, I can't wait for this movie. I've read many raving positive reviews for this movie but I doubt if it would come near where I live. Hopefully this will be on DVD/Blu Ray soon.
Man, I can't wait for this movie. I've read many raving positive reviews for this movie but I doubt if it would come near where I live. Hopefully this will be on DVD/Blu Ray soon.
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1:59AM on 04/07/2012

That Review Is On Point!

This is easily the best pure action/martial arts movie I have seen in years. Tony Jaa's movies had some great scenes, but as a whole thye just aren't good movies. This movie combined Tony Jaa type brutal action an combined it with great film-making. One of the best experiences I've had in a movie theater in a long time.
This is easily the best pure action/martial arts movie I have seen in years. Tony Jaa's movies had some great scenes, but as a whole thye just aren't good movies. This movie combined Tony Jaa type brutal action an combined it with great film-making. One of the best experiences I've had in a movie theater in a long time.
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