Review 102: The Raid: Redemption (2011)
I’ve heard a lot about The Raid: Redemption and it was recently brought up again on an episode of Movie Fights. I’d tried to watch it a couple of years ago, but only made it through about 30 minutes before circumstances stopped me from being able to finish it. I recently bought the first and second film on Vudu and thought now as good a time as any to watch the first one. I really enjoyed this film, not only are the fights extremely well choreographed, which may have inspired some of the Daredevil fights, but the story is solid for such an action packed film. I think this is a Must See action film as long as you aren’t squeamish about blood and violence.
Rama (Iko Uwais) is new to the S.W.A.T. team that is trying to bust a ruthless mobster that is inside his 15 floor building of drug dealers, killers, and thugs. After a lookout manages to sound the alert things get bad quick and Rama and his team have to try to fight their way out.
I knew very little about the movie other than the fights were supposed to be really great. I definitely think they are just that…GREAT! The fights are extremely exciting and very well shot. The way the camera moves during those scenes actually adds to the impact and speed of the movements. I was extremely captivated during those scenes and was blown away at the consistency and intrigue of them.
The surprise was that the story was actually fairly compelling. It’s extremely simple, but there were small twists that added to the development of Rama. I was definitely rooting for him and cared about his well being. Not something you always get from an action movie just watch the Expendables if you want proof.
Again, if you don’t mind some extreme violence I say give this movie a go. It’s an intense journey and a pretty solid story.