THE RAID: REDEMPTION (Alliance, 2011) D: Gareth Evans, w/ Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNN
The Raid: Redemption is so committed to non-stop action that it barely bothers with plot and character. Twenty SWAT cops go into a 15-storey high-rise filled with heavily armed thugs to bust the crime lord at the top. One cop and one crook are brothers, and there's something sketchy about the raid itself. (You'll see the surprise reveal coming a mile away.)
The action starts about seven minutes in with machine guns, and after a while descends to machetes and martial arts, highlighted by a seldom-seen Indonesian fighting style called silat used by the hero (Iko Uwais) and villain (Yayan Ruhian).
Director Gareth Evans shoots for realistic, brutal action in which the performers, not the editing, create the impact. He achieves some spectacular moments, but they whip by fast.
Taken together, the video blogs, mini-docs and interviews add up to a detailed making-of package. An amusing short with claymation cats reprises the movie in about two minutes.
EXTRAS Eight video blogs, six mini-docs, score doc, director and composers Q&A, claymation parody. Indonesian, English, French audio. English, French subtitles.