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The Raid: Redemption

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Deep in the heart of Jakarta's worst to survive their mission.

A lid-flippingly kinetic blast, this martial arts marvel from Indonesia proves you don't need huge budgets or CGI assists to craft a top-tier action film. Writer-director Gareth Evans's (Merantau) plot turns on a fiendishly simple hook: a SWAT team mounts an assault on a mob-controlled apartment building, only to meet with heavy resistance from the machete-favoring tenants. That's it, really, but even a step-by-step recap would prove incapable of conveying the ridiculous, escalating carnage that Evans and his star/action choreographer Iko Uwais pack into virtually every inch of their cramped location. (The music score wisely references John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, which shares the same claustrophobic ingenuity.) While the sheer amount of rewind-worthy set pieces on display are undoubtedly the main selling point here, they would be unlikely to make as much of an impact without Evans's intelligently spartan directorial style, which takes a clean, no-frills approach to everything in the film not directly involving people getting kicked in the head. (Aspiring filmmakers should take note of how everything we need to know about Uwais's main character--his fierce family loyalty, his devout religious faith, his ability to punch at roughly the speed of light--is shown within the very first scene.) By the time The Raid's final fight--a brutal three-way death match in a room slightly larger than a broom closet--rolls around, it's hard not to feel a bit exhausted from the infernal, unceasing rush. The majority of viewers, however, should find it to be a pleasant kind of exhaustion, of the sort that comes from watching an action movie that knows exactly what it's trying to achieve. From nearly the first frame until the last, it achieves a state of perpetual motion. --Andrew Wright

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  • Actors: Tegar Satrya, Ray Sahetapy, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Joe Taslim
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Producers: Ario Sagantoro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (902 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085A9J18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Raid: Redemption" on IMDb

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Here's some fun math for you...This entire film cost as much to make as ~52 seconds of Transformers 3. I'll say that again. For the same price, you could make either a) the best action flick since John Woo's Hong Kong masterpieces, or b) 52 seconds of bloated PG13 mediocrity. Stunning.

In any case, the second collaboration between Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and Yayan Ruhian demonstrates just how far you can take the form. The plot is simple and straightforward, and set up with incredible economy. A few carefully edited scenes and a smattering of dialogue puts all the pieces in place, then it's 90-odd minutes of exquisitely crafted mayhem.

Technically, the film is very well shot. The camera work is both fluid and at times surprisingly creative (they pull off a great drop-down shot early on using one camera but two cameramen). Most importantly though, it's choreographed into the action itself. The camera is the 3rd (or 4th or 10th) player in the fight scenes, moving with the actors to give the audience a clear view of the lightning fast techniques while highlighting the incredibly kinetic nature of the fights themselves. And kinetic is the only way to describe the fighting. The choreography in The Raid is the some of the most aggressive I've ever seen. There's no dancing around, no sizing each other up, no slow-mo, and definitely no waiting around for a downed opponent to regain his feet so the fight can continue. The actors go after each other like their lives really are at stake, attacking relentlessly from whatever position they find themselves in, using whatever weapon is available.
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"The Raid: Redemption" is a movie that pulls no punches. Or maybe that's all it pulls. It's been a long while since I've seen a film so relentless, so brutal, and so unapologetically violent. Writer/Director Gareth Evans' film is a non-stop barrage of fisticuffs, shoot-outs, and explosions. It is a well choreographed exercise in action movie mayhem and it succeeds wholly in its intentions. If you want a nuanced screenplay, in-depth characterizations, or an intricate plot--"The Raid: Redemption" might not be your first choice of entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I like and expect those things too. But if you give yourself over to the visceral experience of this down and dirty movie, it provides more thrills and excitement than a slate of Hollywood blockbusters. If you like action films, this micro-budgeted indie flick shot in Indonesia (yes, it's subtitled but, believe me, the dialogue is relatively minimal) has got to be on the top of your must-see list.

Evans reunites with the star, Iko Uwais, of his previous film "Merantau." While "Merantau" showed promise, it was plagued with a relatively uninspired plot and some serious pacing issues. While I'd still recommend it to fans of the genre, it didn't fully come together in the way that I hoped it would. Both Uwais, as a martial artist and a screen presence, and Evans, as a creative force, have upped their game in "The Raid: Redemption." Uwais plays an upstanding cop who is part of a SWAT team in Jakarta. The plot is very simple on the surface. The officers must infiltrate a slum apartment building that houses a gangland overlord and his band of criminal mercenaries. But on their way to the penthouse suite, they must fend off countless attacks as their numbers dwindle.
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Writer/Director Gareth Evans learned his lesson from MERANTAU, his earlier collaboration with former truck driver and now budding martial arts star Iko Uwais. MERANTAU exhibited some first-rate martial arts mayhem but was crippled by Evans' meandering pace and flat explorations of the lead character's culture. In THE RAID: REDEMPTION (or "Serbuan maut") Evans sets us up with everything we need to know about premise and characters within the first five minutes. From then on, brother, it's best that you grab hold of something. Nerves will be jangled and eyes glued and behinds parked precariously on the edges of seats.

Sub-text and this film go together like Merchant Ivory cinema and Uwe Boll. And yet, sometimes, there's something to be said for guerrilla filmmaking. THE RAID: REDEMPTION is strictly no frills, production values-wise. But Gareth Evans makes the most of his shoestring budget and minimalist plot. He turns the focus on the action sequences. You know how, in martial arts films, the plot merely serves as a framing device for the fighty fights? Here, the plot makes a cameo appearance and then gets the ef out of Dodge lest it catch a vicious Iko Uwais boot to the head.

In the slums of Jakarta looms a squalid 30-story highrise, an apartment complex which the vile ganglord, Tama Rivadi, rents out to assassins, psychopaths, gangsters, and drvg traffickers. Tama's impenetrable sanctuary has long been regarded as a "no-go zone" for the police. Until today. Today an elite squad composed of twenty police officers has just gotten the go-ahead to infiltrate Tama's fortress and capture Tama himself. What are the odds they could do this on the Q?

The squad manages to systematically secure only the first few bottom floors before the cat is let out the bag.
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