The Raid: Redemption
This is the second movie from Gareth Evans, who re-teams with Iko Uwais, who’s the star and fight choreographer of Merantau, which brought the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat to everybody’s attention. This was a sensation at the Toronto Film Festival. Let me tell you the good news and the bad news about it: It is incredibly violent, but it is oddly compelling. It’s a really well done movie, so the question is what is your tolerance for violence? Most of the people I was with — most of them were men — thought it was groovy, and actually were applauding. These are grown men applauding people getting killed, which of course is not exactly who I am. On the other hand, it is a very well made, compelling, interesting movie, so you’ll have to decide what your tolerance for violence is. The story is that a bunch of Special Forces soldiers are going to take over a drug-infested building of a crime lord, and it turns out that things are not exactly what they seem here. As I said, it’s very violent. I don’t want to give away any of the plot twists. There was a tender scene at the beginning with a young man whose wife is pregnant, so we’re all thinking dead meat. This is a really good movie if you can get past the violence. For example, on the notes they have 15th Floor Attackers one through five, Riot Van Shooters one through five, Tama’s Victims one through five; this is almost a video game kind of movie, but it’s very well done. Believe it or not, I give it four stars.