A Movie Review on The Raid: Redemption (2011)
For almost a year I had been hearing about this movie, The Raid: Redemption, and how it is one of the greatest martial arts action movies ever. The more great reviews I read for this movie the more anxious I got to see it. There were some negative reviews, but those people mostly complained about the graphic nature of the movie. When I found out that the movie was going to be released on August 14th 2012 for Blu-ray and DVD I was even more anxious for it's release. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and whether I would be able to classify this as one of my top action movies of all time. Well, after finally getting to see it I must say that this movie is everything the hype made it out to be.
The Raid: Redemption, written and directed by Gareth Evans, follows rookie cop Rama and a 20 man SWAT team as they enter the most dangerous apartment building in the Jakarta slums. The building is home to a dangerous crime lord and his army of murderers, gangsters and druggies. After being ambushed and trapped within the apartment building, Rama and the rest of his men must fight their way out.
The Raid: Redemption is full of intense, graphic shootouts and jaw-dropping martial arts fighting. The shootout scene when the SWAT team gets ambushed is one of the best shootouts since Heat (Heat is still number 1 in that department). Rama, played by Iko Uwais, showcases some of the best, and most brutal, martial arts moves I've seen in quite some time. I would never dare compare anyone to the great Bruce Lee, but I will say that Iko Uwais gives Tony Jaa a good run for his money. The rest of the actors in the movie do an outstanding job, providing us with some really great martial arts fighting.
The actors also seem to do a great job with the movie acting wise. It's hard to tell though since I watched the movie in the absolutely terrible English dubbed version. The English voice actors delivered some really bad moments in the film. It's not really enough to hurt the film that much since you'll be more focused on the action and killing than how the dubbed voices sound.
Overall, The Raid: Redemption is a great film, delivering many truly spectacular action sequences. It easily goes down as one of the best action films of all time. The only hiccup is the terribly dubbed English voices, but it's easy to look past.
The Raid: Redemption was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 14th 2012.