THE RAID: REDEMPTION (serbuan maut) (2011 INDONESIA US) D/W: GARETH HUW EVANS P: ARIO SAGANTORO
A heavily armed SWAT-like extraction team of cops are sent into a tower block to takedown a crime boss who rents the rooms out to wanted criminals. The residents are given incentive to protect him, so it's a floor-by-floor bloodbath of guns and pencak silat (Indonesia martial arts). Iko Uwais stars as the team rookie fighting for his (and others') life. The stripped-down video game-like plot is just enough framework for some brutal, exhilarating fight footage (aided by subtle CGI touches). Not the second coming (some critics unfamiliar with the rich heritage of martial arts cinema went a bit ga-ga), but a lot of fun. With Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog, and Ray Sahetapy. The domestic and international cuts have different soundtracks. Welsh Director Evans (who also edited) had previously made MERANTAU with Uwais.

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