The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy, Joe Taslim

A seemingly routine police operation into an apartment complex filled with bad guys goes pear-shaped when it turns out the bad guys knew they were coming all along and the leader of the operation had their own agenda for doing it.

There's not really much plot to explain for this film, but the over the top almost non stop action more than makes up for it. The action is very brutal and a lot of the cast drops fairly quickly.

I was surprised to see the large amount of stunt people for the action scenes with some having 20+ fighters for the one scene. The fight choreography and how the fights were shot were also excellent, even though the director has said he didn't really know how to edit fights so he shot them in long takes.

The martial arts shown in the movie is an Indonesian-based style known as Silat and the main star and a lot of the fight scene extras look to be the top fighters of the art.

The one on one scenes are no slouch either with Jaka (Joe Taslim) vs Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) and the three-way fight with Mad Dog, Rama (Iko Uwais) and one other person I won't spoil being a highlight.

Some of the fights also ended in ways I did not expect such as putting a gas bottle in a fridge and blowing it up and grabbing the bad guy and jumping out the window, falling God knows how many stories.

It might be a minor point, but I also was interested in the fact that the main character was a Muslim as it is rare to see a heroic role for Muslims at least in the west. The movie was made in the world's most populous Muslim nation so it would not be as big a thing there.

I don't remember seeing an Indonesian action movie before, so hopefully this is only the first of many from the region. I did like the cast and am looking forward to seeing them in more work.

Rating: 8/10

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