You know how various Hollywood and Bollywood studios are constantly touting whatever new movie as an ‘action spectacular’ or some other set of undeserved superlatives? Yeah those folks need to use words because they don’t have the action to back it up.
The Raid: Redemption is an Indonesian action movie that opens in India this Friday (11th May) and it is what all those Salman Khan and Sylvester Stallone movies are trying to be but don’t have the guts—or imagination—to pull off.
The situation is simple. Rama (Iko Uwais) is a young cop who is part of a squad that has been tasked with entering a high-rise in a Jakarta slum with the sole intention of capturing the gang lord who runs the structure like his own personal kingdom. Led by Jaka (Joe Taslim) the busload of cops is about to infiltrate the gangster’s stronghold to arrest him. That is the plan.
What is wrong with the plan? Everything. Because the inhabitants of the building are some of the most vicious criminals imaginable. And they have no qualms about killing cops. So what started as a difficult snatch and grab mission becomes an impossible escape scenario.
The Raid: Redemption features some of the most intense action I’ve ever seen in a movie. From fists, elbows, knees and heels to furniture to weapons like knives, machetes, pistols and machine guns, anything that can be used to cause bodily harm is employed by both cops and criminals in this movie. The action is dramatic, relentless and bloody. Oh so very bloody.
It is exciting to me that a no-holds-barred action movie like this is releasing in India. If you are even the slightest bit an action movie fan, you have to watch this movie. You will need to catch your breath and steady your pulse when the end credits roll.
It is that much fun.