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As of late, many fights in action films from Hollywood really lack strong choreography.  Every gun seems to have an unlimited supply of bullets, and the main character never seems to get hurt.  However, leave it to the new Indonesian action film, The Raid: Redemption, to deliver on the fights, as it has some of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen.

The film follows SWAT team, whose mission is to infiltrate a high-rise apartment complex, run by an infamous crime boss.  Their ultimate mission is to take him down, along with his numerous henchmen and guards.

The film is very thin in plot, however that doesn’t necessarily matter, as about 2/3 of this movie is nonstop fight scenes that are extremely well staged.  I also appreciated how realistic the action scenes were.  Unlike many modern action movies from Hollywood, the violence and action are not glorified.  The scenes are painful, intense, and the characters have to think on their feet and use the surrounding objects to get themselves out of a situation.

Director Gareth Evans injects a lively energy into every scene.  The music, the cinematography, and the atmosphere pulled me in from the opening shots, and never let me go during the entire 101-minute runtime.

There are a few areas where the film falls short.  The script isn’t anything great, and while the characters are relatable enough to get by, they aren’t very well developed, and by the end, the movie would have had a stronger impact had they been.

Also, there is an immense amount of violence.  Gore splatters the walls in every scene, and while it works for a majority of the movie, capturing the realistic tone, some scenes take it too far, ultimately coming off as cartoony.

Overall, The Raid: Redemption has some of the best action sequences I have ever seen, the fights are incredible, and it’s one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in years.  It’s the first part of a trilogy, and I am eagerly awaiting the second entry.


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