The Raid: Redemption

THE RAID: REDEMPTION. (Gareth Huw Evans) For.

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In Gareth Huw Evans’s non-stop actioner – retitled The Raid: Redemption for its North American release – a Jakarta tactical team’s assault on a crime lord’s apartment building turns into a frantic battle for survival.

I can’t remember a movie with more violence per frame – no wonder it won the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

But the constant bone-shattering kung-fu smackdowns both define and undermine Evans’s film, since there is literally nothing else to it. By the 15th brutal confrontation, it gets a little monotonous.

Unlike, say, Flash Point or Attack The Block, which balanced their spectacular action sequences with well-drawn characters and clockwork pacing, The Raid lurches from one battle to the next like a blunt instrument. It’s effective, but not exactly distinguished.

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