The Raid: Redemption (2011) Directed by Gareth Evans. Written by: Gareth Evans.  Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy. IMDB says: “A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

To be honest, not much can be said about this film; and that’s a good thing. It’s a story of a SWAT team going into an apartment complex run by a notorious crime lord. But to get to him they need to get through their inhabitants. The previews were filled with non-stop action aside from breaks to further the plot. Yeah there are clever twists and turns that add to the tensity of this film but you honestly don’t care. You’re there to see a movie filled with ass kicking and there is plenty to go around from gun battles to knife fights to hand-to-hand combat. With interesting new types of death and refreshing martial arts action, this film will not disappoint. My ONLY gripe is the soundtrack. The previews made it a point to tell you that Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park was composing the soundtrack. Whether you are a fan of LP or not, making a point like that raises expectations. Those expectations were not met. The soundtrack sounds like any other action film soundtrack: basic and redundant which is FAR from what this film is. See it in theaters if you get the chance.


The Raid: Redemption is in Baltimore theaters April 13th.

5 thoughts on “Review! The Raid: Redemption

  1. As anyone who’s listened to my most recent podcast episode knows, I loved this movie. Just straight up action. Honestly, this had some of the best stunt-work I’ve seen in years.

    • Right!?!! Aside from the Ong-Bak films, I hadn’t seen anything truly impressive or refreshing for some time.
      Also, It’s great for me to point out that I got to see this in an advanced screening whereas Lindsay did not. She hates whenever I bring that up.

  2. Nick – Great review! I don’t remember the soundtrack at all, but I know it was loud (didn’t hurt that there were only three of us in the entire theater). As you said, I think this one will be much better seen in the theater.

    I really hope this makes some scratch so that we can get more of this type of madness. The last ‘action’ movie I had watched was The Transporter 3. Can we can please get a ‘Raid’ trilogy?

    Wait. That would be stupid. But, you know what I mean.

    Will – Thanks for the link. Though anyone clicking from FTS to my site? I’ll just apologize ahead of time.

    • M. The sequel is happening! They are planning to start pre-production in September, and they will have a substantially larger budget. The director has hopes/plans for a trilogy but so far only “The Raid: Retaliation” is confirmed.

      Excited? I know I am!

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