I fucking love Indonesian movies! Fuck the rating, fuck the children and teenagers, lets make a true bloody mess for real men and women. The Raid: Redemption is not some random fighting action flick that just happens to be great, it took Gareth Evans three movies to perfect his direction and combine excellent actors, stunts and some decent budget. The movie looks great, like its some big blockbuster; ballbuster would be more appropriate since it is pretty violent and bloody. When you combine guns, knives, machetes and bare fists you get one bloody movie, and they didn’t hold out on the gore and fighting. The movie is full of breathtaking action sequences, but what is more important is that that action is then replaced with moments of immense tension, a calm before the storm.
Up ’till now I did not know anything about Silat, a traditional Indonesian martial art, but now I will keep an eye out for movies that feature it. Here we can witness the skills of Iko Uwais, national champion in 2005 in Silat Demonstration category. This is the usual way of disposing enemies in The Raid: Redemption, although knives and machetes are also quite common. Almost each stab or slash wound is so juicy that you just wanna buy some machete and chop some people up.
As far as the story goes it is pretty much secondary (a huge understatement) to action and seen a thousand times before. A Indonesian SWAT team tries to apprehend a mafia boss who lives in a huge apartment building, of course, at the penthouse. Funny thing about this apartment building is that rent is payed by being loyal to the boss and killing anyone who tries to get him, usually with your bare hands or machetes. Our poor SWAT team will have to clear a lot of floors before it gets to the boss (did I hear Game of Death (Bruce Lee)?), and this is presuming that they will actually make it past the first floor. A fucking action kung fu masterpiece.
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Verdi Solaiman
Fun Facts: Yayan Ruhian, who played the Mad Dog character, had once trained Pencak Silat for Pasukan Pengamanan Presiden (the Indonesian Presidential Security Forces- equivalent to US Secret Service) in 1989 and for the Indonesian Military Police Corps in the early 1990s.