The Raid: Redemption


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Most folks would be left suffering from post-traumatic stress if they witnessed real-life bloody beatdowns and shoot-outs, but watching these things choreographed on screen is the best vicarious thrill you can get at the movies. And in terms of beautifully coordinated film violence, Gareth Evans’s insta-classic Indonesian crime flick is leagues above every kinetic bullet-ballet and martial arts epic of the past decade.

The premise is simple: a crime lord (Sahetapy) rules from atop an apartment complex in Jakarta. A rookie cop (Uwais) and his SWAT-team cohorts storm the building to root him out, using a video-game-like narrative (get through boss fight, move on to next level).

There are moments when The Raid: Redemption doesn’t feel like an action movie so much as pure action itself, delivered with the sort of creative one-upmanship capable of rejuvenating a stale, seen-it-all genre. A sequel is currently in the works. It can’t come soon enough.

By David Fear
Time Out Doha,

The Raid: Redemption

  • Duration: 101
  • Released: Thu, 11 Oct
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Director: Gareth Evans
  • Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Ray Sahetapy, Ananda George

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