Film #267: THE RAID: REDEMPTION
The Raid: Redemption
3 out of 5 stars
A rewatch for fight choreography research. This was one I came to with baited breath back when I first saw it. The trailer rocked and I went in expecting to see a kickass martial arts film. Instead, THE RAID: REDEMPTION was a horribly contradictory (and yet visually impressive) film. On the one hand, it is a martial arts masterpiece. Well-staged action sequences are this film’s stock in trade and they execute them to a jaw-dropping effect. However, (and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but…) the action scenes go on for WAY too long (it gets ridiculous how much physical punishment is dished out)... but they remain cool as fuck. The knife fights are exemplary; the best since MAN FROM NOWHERE. That said, there are major plot (think GAME OF DEATH… think DREDD) problems - which is weird because there really aren't many components to the script (cops... building... raid... go!) to begin with. Sadly, what little elements there are turn out to be clichés (the wife, the brother, the psycho slumlord). The acting is ok. The direction is crisp and exciting. Is it worth seeing...? Abso - fuckin' -lutely. The fight scenes are some of the best in modern cinema and there is some SPECTACULAR shit in this film. In fact, I think it's safe to say that this film will go down as a classic in the martial arts genre. I guess my main problem with the film is... that they have an obviously gifted stunt team, but in this case, they put their efforts into a very creaky script. So yeah... see it, definitely see it, but go in knowing how rickety everything is.