Monday, October 15, 2012

The Raid:Redemption (2012)


[brutal & intense - an unforgettable action movie]

The Raid:Redemption (2012) - (Indonesia)
IMDB- 7.7
Rottentomatoes- 84
RJG Rating- 95

A SWAT team raid a building owned by a notorious crime lord.

Starring- Iko Uwais
Director- Gareth Evans

The first thing i would like to say about Raid is ,not to judge it just because its Indonesian.

Raid is mainly led by Iko Uwais(Rama) and Joe Taslim(Sgt.Jaka).Both give solid acting amidst all the action sequences.Ray Sahetapy (Taha) plays the villain ,and he too gives a menacing performance.Theres also a strong supporting cast that doesnt disappoint.But the acting department is not its highlight.

Its main and foremost highlight is the gut wrenching action scenes.While we maybe used with the martial arts from China,Japan and Korea ,Raid 's style of fighting is innovative and keeps the viewer on edge at ALL times.Right from the start its action,action and more action.

The uniqueness is not the story ,but the way its presented.Raid has a simple story at its core and its twists and turns arent quite unpredictable.But for an all out action movie ,this is satisfactory.But one letdown was the climax.While it doesnt spoil or slow the movie in any way , i wasnt very impressed with it.

Direction by Gareth is excellent.While the story might not have enough bones to support the movie , Gareth builds up a great setting for the story.His style of presentation gives the movie the edge and the intensity it needed.The pacing of the movie is tight from the first scene to the very end.

Music from Linkin Park adds to the intensity factor of the movie.Its just too good.Fans of the band will definitely love it.

Overall ,Raid is one of the BEST action movie of ALL TIME.If you love some great fight sequences and some brilliant action set sequences ,this is one movie you must not miss!A slight warning ,this movie is not for the faint hearted.

Acting- 4/5
Story- 4/5
Direction- 5/5
Action- 5/5
Thriller- 5/5
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