Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The main character's name "Rama" appears to be taken from Rama Sukana. According to Sumatran folklore, Rama Sukana is a woman who is credited to have been the first person to teach Pencak Silat in a structured way. See more »
During the execution scene, when the all the rounds in the revolver are supposed to be spent it is placed on the shoulder of the final victim. At this point it's possible to see into two of the chambers, where the tips of unspent ammunition are visible. See more »
The R-rated version is cut in two places; once during the earlier execution scene and again at 48 minutes to reduce a bloody stabbing in the neck. The cut R-rated version was the cut of the film distributed to other countries for theatrical showing. It was later released unrated (and uncut) on DVD and Blu-ray in the USA. See more »
I'm one of those prejudiced individuals who rarely watch non-English speaking films. Sometimes I don't like a certain language (especially Swedish or french movies), sometimes I can't tell people apart from each other (especially Asian movies). I know I'm an idiot, but that's why it took me some time before I watched this one. I'm so glad I did. Just watched it on blu-ray. My blu-ray had no features or extras, so that was disappointing. The movie however was far from it.
There is so much to like about this film. I'll try to explain why I enjoyed this:
1) The environment. A confined building with many floors. It makes that much difference to me when the environment is not only realistic, but cramped in a manner that makes the action exciting and creative, adding to the overall intensity.
2) The brutality and choreography in the fights. There's some quite imaginative stuff here, and lots of it - there is no way anyone can say that there is not enough action in "The raid redemption". Trust me, there is. This is not your usual PG13-pudding. There is an abundance of shooting, stabbing, punching, breaking bones and everything you can think of. Everything is shown in a brutal manner, and what I like the most about it is that the movie pushes forward with such a pace that it doesn't really overdramatize or dwell on the gore, it all just happens in the heat of everything. This makes the violence both satisfying and not too hard on the viewer.
3) This is an action movie and nothing else. No complicated story lines, no romance, not much character development but straight to the point instead. The movie gives enough reasons for what is happening, and it's easy to enjoy it as it is: "just" an action movie with nothing in it to distract you from what's it all about. In many ways it feels much less silly than most action films: since it's not trying to build up much of a story, it doesn't fail on the terms of story. Same with characters.
4) This is how you use a budget. A little over one million dollars? Simply amazing. "Green Lantern" cost 200+ million dollars and it was a mess without any passion in it. Granted, not the best example, but you get the point. When you love what you do and you're good at it - while surrounded with a good crew - you get this. Many shots are genuinely very well made and impressive. Even a 5-second continuous shot with a moving camera can look pretty amazing when you see how cramped and lightning fast the action can be with multiple people fighting each other. It's all quality.
I liked the actors. Plenty of good stuff (read: fighting and/or looking cool or evil) from Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim and Yayan Ruhian to name a few. Everyone did their job.
This is a very similar film to "Dredd". In fact, many would say that "Dredd" blatantly ripped off "The raid redemption" with the concept of making a multi-story building as the setting. Maybe it did to an extent, but "Dredd" is still a good film while "The raid redemption" is naturally more original. If I'd have to compare the two, I'd say that this one has definitely more action and the emphasis is on martial arts instead of guns and the surrounding fantasy world.
What I didn't like? I didn't always like the soundtrack. Sometimes it sounded too...generic and lazy. Perhaps there was a little too much action at times, if that can be considered a flaw in a movie like this. That's it. No other complaints.
If you like brutal, intense action and/or martial arts to boot, check this one out. You might enjoy it as much as I did.
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