The Raid: Redemption (2011)
I remember watching Merantau sometime in 2010 and thought to myself that there is no way anyone could ever top the last fight scene. I mean there were bodies flying all over the place. It was so realistic and expertly choreographed that it took three years for another film to top that scene. That movie was the Raid” redemption and it’s no surprise considering that both movies were directed by Gareth Evans and both star Iko Uwais.
The Raid like most other martial arts movies has a simple enough plot. Rama (Uwais) and a team of SWAT members enter a rundown apartment block in order to take down drug kingpin Tama Riyadi (Ray Sahetapy.) Things quickly go south as Rama and his team are ambushed and hunted. With his team rapidly getting cut down, Rama goes on a rampage and ascends to the top of the apartment looking for Tama.
This is a different movie then Merantau. Where Merantau was story driven the Raid is action driven. This is a straight-out martial arts film. The plot is thin but no one goes into a martial arts film expecting to see an award winning story unfold. No people go see martial arts films to see blood and well if you want blood then the Raid gots it. Like I said the film is action packed with one of the most ruthless villains in Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog. His fight scenes alone will blow you away.
On the technical side, Evans does a good job at directing and is not plagued by senseless fast cuts. He takes the time to show the action at its fullest. Uwais and Ruhian choreographed all of the fight scenes which will leave your jaws on the floor. One interesting note is that the Raid was filmed with a Panasonic AF100 so it does have a strange purple tint to it but that seems to disappear as the film goes along.
This is the ultimate martial arts film and one that should definitely not be missed. I have not been this excited for a martial arts film since Tony Jaa’s Ong-Bak. Overall the film doesn’t have all that great of a story line but at the end of the day I think that can be forgiven. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes martial arts films or just anyone who likes action films, 4 out of 5.