The Raid: Redemption is an Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Gareth Evans. If you’re a fan of action, get ready to grin the entire time for this brutal story about policemen raiding the biggest drug lord mobster’s 30 floor apartment, with each floor filled with rapists, murderers and other criminal scumbags. Its 30 floors of pure mindless chaos, with the 20 elite cops having to fight their way in to assinate/capture Tama Riyadi (Ray Sahetapy).
While the movie has 20 elite cops, the movie centers down to 4 leading characters, the main protagonist being an elite SWAT member Rama (Iko Uwais), Lieutenant Wahyu (Pierre Gruno), Sergeant Jaka (Joe Taslim) and the hot-headed rookie Bowo (Tegar Satrya ), these are the main characters againts the merciless waves of criminals from the Machete gang to snipers to brutal martial artists.
Tama’s right hand Mad Dog is pretty much the best villain in years when it comes to action movies, this man loves carnage and martial arts and you will see two very beautifully choreographed action sequences featuring Mad Dog, but that isn’t to say the movie only has 2 memorable scenes, no, this movie in it’s entirety is focused on stunning action visuals. With it’s 1 hour 46 minute mark, only about 15-25 minutes in total is served for the more quiet scenes as the shit hits the fan.
The soundtrack is pure pleasure for this movie, it’s very up-beat, energetic techno boom beating with other instrumental usages such as soft piano play, no vocals whatsoever or rap in the background. It’s all magic by Mike Shinado & Joseph Trapanese. It’s very dubstep.
I will note, that this movie being very Eastern, us more western cultured may find some of the plot points as clichιs, but if anything it’s to remind us that this is made for the Eastern market and with a movie title having “redemption” word, you can find yourself besides stunning action to be viewing an emotional story regarding family, honor, corruption and personal redemptions.
In short, this is a very stunning action movie that really makes you want to crave for more, and I can see Mad Dog becoming a cinematic film monster classic that people will remember for a long time. Go see this movie.