Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

The Raid (Indonesia, 2011) - Color, Director(s): Gareth Evans
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 101 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 5 stars for pure non-stop balls-to-the-walls ACTION

Cheese Factor: 0 out of 5 stars for being a hardcore, brutal action flick

Been awhile since I've reviewed a really good action movie. Part of that is because I started a new blog and I'm trying to decide whether I want action movie reviews to be on that blog or this one. Another thing is that I haven't seen too many good action movies as of late that were really impressive. A majority of Hollywood action movies are filled with huge explosions and endless gunfire, which could be fun if that's what you're looking for, but doesn't always make a good action movie. Everything changed when I saw The Raid.

This movie starts off with a guy getting up early and doing his morning work out. We see that he's a cop and he heads out shortly after. He goes to meet up the rest of the team and a group of about 20 men are preparing to raid a building, that's more like an impenetrable fortress, owned by a crime lord. The tenants are a combination of low income citizens hiding from the government, drug addicts, and his criminal lackeys. Everything starts off well as the team enters the building and sweeps the first couple floors with little to no trouble. The crime lord uses little kids as lookouts and the shit really hits the fan when one of the spotters notifies the boss of the special unit's presence. The crime lord then gets on the loud speakers and offers anyone who kills them a chance to stay in the building free of rent. From there on out, it is literally balls to the fuckin walls ACTION. With pretty much everyone in the building looking for them, they have to shoot and fight their way out in order to survive. Apparently, it was an unsanctioned mission so there will be no reinforcement coming to help. They're stuck inside the building, completely surrounded by the enemy, and they're all being hunted down one after another.

I really can't help but rave about how damn good this movie is. Very rarely do you see such a brutal, fast-paced, action film. Even though "fast-paced" is used to describe every movie that you see a commercial for, a lot of the movies just have a couple good action sequences padded with a bunch of dialogue. This one starts off with a little bit of build up but once it starts to escalate, it does NOT let up. The action moves at such a grueling pace that there is very rarely a dull moment once it starts rolling. Great mix of gunfights, knife fights, and hand-to-hand combat. If you're looking for excitement, this movie has it ALL!!!

Nudity: With the exception of some nudity perhaps. This wasn't the kind of movie that needed any nudity in it.

Gore: No guts spilling out but there was plenty of blood. What I liked about this movie is that it shows people getting shot in close quarters. Most of the time in action movies, people are shot and they go down. Then when another character runs up to their body, some blood is shown covering the shirt. This movie has a guy getting shot at point blank with a handgun. Brutal. Not gory but definitely brutal....

Awesome: to the MAX!!! This is one of the best action movies I've seen since Rambo. While the 4th Rambo movie has some scenes where people are ripped apart by a mounted .50 cal-machine gun, it didn't have as much variety as this movie does. Rambo was a bit slow to start and most of the best action is at the end of the movie. This one starts to build up and never really lets up once it starts rolling. All-in-all, I have to say that this is one of the BEST action movies I've seen in ages. (Sorry Expendables!)  The part where that one dude fights off an entire hallway filled with people using a baton and combat knife is just so bad ass, you have to see it to believe it. My recommendation? Go buy it the moment it drops on DVD and Blu-ray next week on August 14th.