I looked back pretty far and didn't see any mention of this movie, so I figure someone needs to spread the word.
The Raid: Redemption is an Indonesian movie about a SWAT team going into a tenement filled with gang members and other violent criminals. Their
mission is to take out the a mob boss named Tama. Once they're inside, things naturally go wrong and Tama alerts the buildings to the police
presence, offering a bounty on all dead cops. What follows is almost non-stop action.
I'm being serious. A break in the action longer than three minutes is not common. First we're treated to a massive gun fight, then a little melee
weapon (mostly butterfly knives) interlude and then the rest of the movie is some of the most impressive martial arts I've seen (I believe it's
called Silat). Here's one of the shorter fights (Note: This clip's subtitles aren't in english, but that's not necessary at all):
The action is incredibly brutal. In fact, the movie contains TWO of the most brutal kills I've seen in film. Now, don't think this is something I
get off on, I'm just kind of impressed given that most action movies are "shoot a man, he falls down." In fact, if the movie has one problem it's
that the endless onslaught of ridiculous violence becomes a little fatiguing after awhile. Maybe it's too much quick motion for the brain to process
in such a short amount of time or maybe it just gets a little boring after so much. Either way, the final fight is interesting enough to pull it all
Even if you don't like foreign movies, it's okay, because if you like action movies you can love this without reading a single sub-title. Normally,
I'd dislike the complete lack of character development or...really any character at all, but that's not what this film is doing.
I found The Raid: Redemption is a Blockbuster Express machine, but I've also seen it in Red Box. If you don't want to rent it, most of the fights
can be found on YouTube.
We rented it from redbox and a couple of the deaths I had to cover my eyes lol. (but I'm kind of a squeamish wimp so w/e) It definitely was almost
non stop action and the martial arts was really impressive
Agreed, and as it was made by a welsh guy who only went to Thailand on a whim to film a documentary about martial art ended up staying and making this
on a budget. I like it when stuff like that happens in life
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