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The Raid: Redemption

Release Date: 
03/30/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: R
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

The best building-themed action movie since Die Hard.  

Photo Courtesy of Akhirwan Nurhaidir/Sony Pictures Classics | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
The Pitch: A team of cops attempt to take down a crime lord in his nightmarish 30-story apartment building. It doesn’t go well for anyone.

Photo Courtesy of Akhirwan Nurhaidir/Sony Pictures Classics | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
What It Really Is: The best action movie of the year so far. From the very first gun fight to the final martial arts showdown, this movie from Indonesia is a slap in the face to all the ho-hum American action flicks of the past few years. The bare-bones plot centers around the cops who at first try to sneak up on the crime lord in his tenement of crime, and when that plan doesn’t work, the good guys are trapped and try to escape from bad guy’s stronghold. You will see stunts and fights that will make even a prudish grandma scream, “Holy shit,” as the action choreography makes a Jason Statham movie look like Bride Wars. Our only real complaints are that some of the fights stretch out a tad too long, and, from a logic standpoint, there’s no real reason why low-life criminals and rookie cops would be such expert martial artists.

Photo Courtesy of Akhirwan Nurhaidir/Sony Pictures Classics | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “It’s totally Raid!”- Maxim.com

Fun Fact: Director Gareth Evans made this Indonesian movie, but he isn’t Indonesian. He’s Welsh! We thought there was something very Welshy about that scene with the machete.

Photo Courtesy of Akhirwan Nurhaidir/Sony Pictures Classics | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Reading Isn’t Fundamental: Yes, this is a foreign movie with subtitles, but there are only about 30 lines of dialogue in the entire movie and even a toddler could understand the story. (But don’t you dare take a toddler to this gory, ultra-violent movie.) If you forget your reading glasses, you’ll still have fun.

Who’s It For: People who like feeling exhausted after a movie; those who think John McClane is a pussy; everyone else

Photo Courtesy of Akhirwan Nurhaidir/Sony Pictures Classics | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Studio: Pt. Merantau Films