Summary: We have to get out of this place. The Raid: Redemption is an orgy of violence wrapped around a loose and uninteresting story, relatively bland characters, and routine plot developments. The movie succeeds on pure adrenaline, fight choreography, and guts alone. Audiences looking for anything other than butt-whooping firearm, machete, knife, and martial arts style should seek out another film.
Conclusion: 'The Raid' is easily one of the best action films of all time. Like the other greats, it not only features tension and unforgettable violence-filled stunts, but a solid little story. Watching just the first fifteen minutes will make you a fan. Mrs. Hickman wasn't enjoying all of the brutal violence, but she was so quickly invested in it that she couldn't stop watching. She was glued until the end.
Excerpt: The Raid is the best damn guy movie of the 21st century. Sure, we’re only 12 years into said century, but still, The Raid is remarkable. Tension in the film isn’t built upon any dramatic story shifts or genuine character arcs. It has those, but they’re secondary to the finest display of cinematic martial arts since Tony Jaa busted heads in Ong Bak . Raid is a flurry of jaw dropping, awe-inspiring, and marvelous violence, as cringe-inducing as it is innovative.
Excerpt: First, the good news. The Raid: Redemption is the finest pure action film I have ever seen. The plot is simple. An Indonesia crimelord has transformed an apartment building into his base of operations. One morning, a group of elite cops make an incursion, only to find themselves locked in and under siege by wave after wave of bag guys. Leading the counter-offensive is rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais), a vicious fighter with a deep sense of duty and—surprise!
Excerpt: Enter The Raid (or, The Raid: Redemption ), a streamlined 101-minute ride of brutal violence and tension. With very little exposition (a pregnant wife, a concerned father, a little hammer torture), director/writer Gareth Evans swiftly sets up the conflict between 20 cops and a crime lord named Tama (Ray Sahetapy), who hides out in an apartment complex filled with thugs.
Excerpt: The Raid: Redemption , the newest film from writer/director Gareth Evans, isn’t so much an action movie as it is an action experience. Featuring some of the best fight scenes ever put to film, nearly every minute is a pulse pounding, hair raising, piece of awesome. Set in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, the story begins as an elite 20-man SWAT team orchestrates a raid on a 30 floor apartment building.
Excerpt: Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial-arts throwback The Raid: Redemption has a look and feel that resembles the best of ’80s cult action movies: half John Carpenter , half John Woo. It’s all grainy and underlit, with shots framed just tight enough to keep the audience from seeing how little of the set has been dressed. Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese’s score (added to the U.S. version) is moody and synthetic, more like sound effects than music.