Writer: Fanaqi N.
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5
Cast: 4.0 Out of 5
Plot: 3.0 Out of 5
Effects: 2.5 Out of 5
Cinematography: 3.5 Out of 5
Watch this if you liked: “Attack the Block”, “Universal Soldiers” and “The Killer”
Watching "The Raid: Redemption" was a test of this reviewer's physical and mental tolerance, but it brings a refreshing breath of air for fans of the violent action genre.
Set in an old building in Jakarta, the story begins with an untested 20-man SWAT team that is sent to take down a criminal syndicate responsible for committing gruesome acts of murder, rape and violence in the city, that have holed-up in the 30-storey building. The team, at first, seems very capable of completing their task until they reached the 15th floor, when one of the members sets off the alarm when he shoots and kills an underage enemy. This alert the higher-ups on the upper floors and their ring leader Tama, played by Ray Sahetapy, of the SWAT team's presence as they prepare their defences.
The performance of Ray Sahetapy as Tama, the ruthless leader and merciless killer, surrounded by his loyal followers, is commendable as he really portrays the evil character well. Under Tama is one of his lieutenants, Jaka, who is played by Joe Taslim, a character that adds some variance to the film. Jaka's heroic sacrifice to protect his brother Rama, who is one of the SWAT team members, sends a family friendly message that adds some variation to the 'good guys versus bad guys' plotline.
As the fight scenes continue to play out, you are sure to be unflinching from your seat because the action never fails to disappoint from the beginning to the end. The added element of having the traditional martial art of Silat in the mix makes this a truly remarkable product of Indonesian cinema. Those of the faint of heart should practice discretion while watching this bloody masterpiece by director Gareth Evans, because it has numerous scenes of absolute gore with heads being blown, beaten and stomped.
The soundtrack of this film is no ordinary soundtrack as it is composed by the one and only Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, which pumps up the atmosphere during the fight scenes.
The script is also thought provoking, as audiences would have to take their time to think what is being said between the lines by the performers, which are enhanced by the great performance of the cast to make this film renowned on the international stage.
"The Raid: Redemption" is nearly two hours of bloody gore and high-flying fight sequences. When the bloodbath is over, there will only be three survivors from the 20-man team, so go and watch this film to find out who will live from the raid.
Cinema Online, 04 June 2012