The Raid

The Raid

(Serbuan maut)

When there's nowhere left to run or hide... you fight or die.

Indonesian action film centred on the police raid of an apartment block, home to the deadliest gangsters and drug lords in Jakarta's criminal underworld. Choreographed by lead actor Iko Uwais (Merantau), The Raid merges traditional martial arts with chaotic gunfights.... More

What starts as a tactical, stealthy raid on a criminal safe house soon turns into a fight for survival as the SWAT team’s cover is blown. When word gets out, all exits are blocked, trapping the law enforcers inside the building. The remaining soldiers are forced to fight through the entire criminal army they’re caged with.

The film features music by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and composer Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy). This is director Gareth Evans and Uwais' second collaboration after Merantau.Hide

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Everything you’ve heard about The Raid is true. This is the best action film in years, one that doesn’t muck around in terms of getting things cracking and barely lets up for its running time. The Raid is rammed full of action sequences, with an unfathomable number of dudes succumbing to guns, knives, hands, fists and other helpful accessories in fashions that will defy audiences to stifle their applause. A masterclass in economical filmmaking, The Raid applies the same brutality you’ll find in its close-quarter combat to the film’s structure, stripping back character development and narrative to the bare minimum required while still treating them as important parts of the film.... More

The Raid’s vicious hand-to-hand combat delights with its pace, and the camerawork puts the audience close to the action in a manner that allows us to revel in the physicality of pencak silat, the Indonesian martial art showcased. Whether director Gareth Evans is focusing on repelling wave upon wave of attackers or staging more traditional fight scenes with fewer participants, he does a great job at exciting with the film’s action, capturing a sense of panic when events reach their most frenetic and making viewers invest in his characters in The Raid’s more tense moments. This combination makes for such satisfying viewing that it’s easy to forget how much we’re often prepared to overlook for the sake of enjoying an action movie when apparently this is all someone had to do the whole time – do their best to make it really, really awesome.Hide

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BY KeefScorsese superstar

Everything about this movie is absolutely ridiculous, its repugnant, its senseless, its insane and its bloody good fun. A SWAT team are trapped in an apartment building run by mobsters with their one note henchmen launch to attack. This is a plot line where having fun envisioning it is inevitable.

You can sense that director Gareth Evans was having one helluva time time directing this. He may have enjoyed it even more sitting in the editing room casting his eye over at the abundance of... More carnage.

A flurry of bullets, machetes and more bullets are lodged in the good, the bad and the unlucky. It is the devil's paradise from a shoot-out gamer point of view - a generation of gamers would greatly appreciate this body count.

But while most action buffs would be lost in the escapism of ultra violence, it is the screen canvas of bullets and machetes which inadvertently serve as the movie's flaw. Yes, there is some nifty no fuss editing which is attempted admirably. However the action runs its course in places, where eventually the bombardment of blazes of glory subdues the viewer.

Or maybe that was the whole point?Hide

Wow! not only is this a great martial arts movie its also a great old fashioned shoot em up action. The martial arts are amazing in parts but the real greatness of this low budget flick is in the very good story and awesome action. Be warned though...this is R18 for a reason. If you are a hetro male go and see this movie...and dont DL it cause you need to see it on the big screen!

BY Josef lister

Don't let the subtitles put you off seeing this film unless you can already understand Bahasa. You can't help but be immersed in the non-stop action and (necessary) violence. I haven't wriggled around in my seat in a movie for a looong time. I could almost feel every kick and punch. Cracking good fun and a must have when released on Bluray/DVD.

BY Rooster nobody

Best movie so far this year. If action is you, go & see it, you won't regret it, you will if you don't

BY steveisatree superstar

You know a movies good when the guy with a bun in his partners oven survives.

Oh and when you kill someone on a broken door frame.

What else could you want.

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The Press Reviews

  • The fight choreography here is blisteringly quick, designed to make the audience gasp, and then cheer. Full Review

  • I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is almost brutally cynical in its approach. Full Review

  • An instant cult hit that carries the funky, illicit thrill of the fleapit and serves as an unbeatable reminder of the gloriously disreputable heyday of VHS. Full Review

  • Hand-to-hand, fist-to-face, foot-to-groin battle, with a few machetes and guns tossed in for good measure. Full Review

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