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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Iko Uwais is not exactly a household name, but the Indonesian heartthrob appears to be well on his way with The Raid: Redemption, a clever, action-packed film that showcases his movie-star looks, low-key charisma and breathtaking martial arts skills. show more

  • 88
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The special effects here are wiry martial artists grunting their way through fight after fight. It's exhausting but exhilarating. show more

  • 75
    Movieline

    There's a sliver of a plot to The Raid, but it's really not worth going over -- when the characters pause to talk, which is rare, it does tend to kill the film's momentum. show more

  • 80
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Arguably the most dynamic Asian action film since the 1990s peaks of John Woo and Tsui Hark, The Raid: Redemption works as sheer gladiatorial ballet. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Poised at the midway point between an ultraviolent video game and a neo-classic dance musical. As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.'' show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    When it comes to The Raid: Redemption, there are no pretentions. Pure and simple, this is about violence. As we used to say, "kickin' ass and takin' names." show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Plot, characterization and dialogue are merely the frame here for the real goods, an immersion into the Indonesian martial arts form known as silat. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The Raid is maniacal in its pacing and assault tactics. It's also, absurdly, rated R. Fantastic. I love that a film this gory secured the same Motion Picture Association of America rating as "The King's Speech." show more

  • September 16, 2012 er00000000129482
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    ‘The Raid’ is about as simple a story as it gets, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been corrupted by a drug lord called Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) and he needs to be brought down. Easier said than done, since Tama lives in and rules over a whole 30-storey tower-block where police and other drug gangs over the last decade have tried and failed to overthrow him. The majority of the tenants are employed by Tama, so already the inexperienced SWAT team have a pretty severe logistical problem to get to him. You can guess what happens next. A few twists and some great one-liners aside, the action is so relentless you feel tired ************* it! Welcome to the Indonesian martial arts style of Silat, 90% of the film is just chock full of some of the most intense and realistic fight scenes you’ll ever see. Tama may be protected by some of the scariest criminals in Jakarta, but none of them holds a candle to his right-hand man Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian). Described as ‘a maniac of feet and fists’, this diminutive henchman would make a Tazmanian devil look jaded. There’s so many great fight sequences, my personal favourite involves despatching a bad guy with part of a door which just has to be seen to be believed. As good as Mad Dog is, the hero is young rookie Rama (Iko Uwais) who is even better. As ever in such films, the best and the baddest leave things to the end and Mad Dog is involved in a mind-blowing three-way fight between Rama and Tama’s lieutenant Andi. Its one of the most incredible fight scenes i’ve ever seen, punishing and brutal with a level of intensity i don’t think i’ve ever seen in a film before. ‘The Raid’ borrows heavily from many other classic action films, but director Gareth Huw Evans has just raised the bar a few storeys higher with some quite brilliant fight choreography, fluid and totally uninhibited. Evans also lets you see as much of the action as possible, most action films rely on shaky-cam, fast-editing and sound effects but Evans makes sure you can see every move and counter move, which all adds to the realism. A totally intense physical experience from start to finish, if you love action movies you’

  • September 02, 2012 al00000000129491
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    As good as close combat action can get with a serious plot to keep you interested.

  • August 28, 2012 arqam7x
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    Its the Best action movie i have watched in 2011-12. The Only Movie with straight up dose of a whole lot of action. It has everything an action movie needs... GUNS FIGHTS SKILLS TACTICS SUSPENSE... Its a **********!

  • August 14, 2012 bq00000000127598
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    Great movie, very action packed.

  • April 21, 2012 fm00000000119146
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    Best Action Packed movie of the year

  • April 06, 2012 xe00000000119027
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    No gimmicks, just a straight-up action flick. No hollywood subplots or love stories. Doesn\'t pretend to be something ********** not. Really enjoyed this film.

  • March 31, 2012 luis
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    the movie was good ******* was in english but the action was hot a must see.

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