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Info : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/
IMDB Rating : 8.4 (5,028 users)
Star : Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy
Genre : Action | Crime | Thriller
Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an dense safe house for the world’s most perilous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the most courageous of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the 6th stump with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Director Gareth Evans (Merantau) and rising martial arts star Iko Uwais reunite in this adrenaline-fueled action film.
A excellent action show is not simply throwing every single bullet, punch, slice, and explosion into a blender and dumping it onto a screen so it can punch you in the adrenaline gland. It has to be finessed. There has to be tension—the wind-up to the hit, the pull of the hammer. The Raid writer-director Gareth Evans knows how to deliver some of the most magnificent action scenes in years, but more importantly, he knows how to build to those scenes. Working off a bare-bones, serviceable plot and characters built more for their fists than their personalities, The Raid is an action buffet that keeps finding new ways to dish out inventive kills and fights, and keeps its blood-parched audience cheering.
The plot of The Raid is a glowing tribute to the “Keep It Simple, Stupid” principle. A SWAT team made up of mostly rookies is tasked with raiding a high-rise apartment building and arresting its crime lord, Tama (Ray Sahetapy). It’s not a above all simple task, but matters be converted into far more complicated and deadly (mostly deadly; lot of deaths) when Tama makes an announcement over the PA logic saying that anyone who kills one of the 20 SWAT members gets free lifetime rent and a pat on the head. Since free rent in a shitty high-rise filled with other criminals is an ideal life, the tenants rain down hell on the SWAT team and the cops must fight for their lives to escape.
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 small of the set has been dressed. Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese’s score (added to the U.S. version) is temperamental and synthetic, more like sound effects than music. The Raid is not some ironic or tongue-in-cheek retro implementation, like Machete or Hobo With A Shotgun. Evans is using ancient-teach methods to make an ancient-teach show, out of a deep respect for unapologetic badassery.
The Raid: Redemption brings back the star of Evans’ 2009 actioner Merantau, Iko Uwais, who plays a rookie officer on a suicide mission, tasked to storm a dingy Jakarta apartment building controlled by a ganglord. The action in The Raid starts early and never really relents. Uwais (a practitioner of a chewy, rapid form of martial arts known as pencak silat) fights his way through one room full of terrible guys after another, while the building’s inhabitants make tough life-or-death decisions, choosing whether to help the police or stay out of the way. There are a few tense, twisty suspense sequences as the gangsters hunt the heroes—and a subplot about Uwais trying to save his willful brother—but for the most part, The Raid’s plot is uncomplicated. Cops. Crooks. Raid. Done.
Of course, “tale” isn’t what most people will be looking for from The Raid: Redempton, which is first and foremost an orgy of violence. Bullets, fists, and blades all glide, captured by Evans via a constantly moving, frequently gravity-defying camera. The accent here is speed: The fight choreography is blisteringly quick, designed to make viewers gasp, and then cheer. The only real knock against the film is that there’s no real variation in tone or plot from start to end. Mind any given 15 minutes of The Raid and you’ve pretty much seen The Raid. But why would you only mind 15 minutes?
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