Monday, August 20, 2012

In the grind house tradition...The Raid Redemption

The Raid Redemption is an Indonesian action film  that has some of the most unique and intense actions sequences in recent memory if not ever.  

While the plot is simplistic at best; 20 cops must enter a 30 story building to retrieve a drug kingpin; writer director and editor Gareth Evans adds small plot twists wherever he can.

The only real downside of The Raid Redemption are the characters.  Paper thin implies too much depth.  Literally all we know about one of the stars is that his wife is pregnant.  Even this information came to pass without dialogue in a training montage over the credits.  

The action and fight sequences are amazing.  Mele is the best way to describe them with a great deal of intricate close quartered combat.  Elbows and knees are used more than I have ever seen in a single film.  The movement of the actors with the camera allows the audience to see every blow and cringe accordingly.   

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