Movie Review: THE RAID (SERBUAN MAUT) – 2011
I need to calm down. It’s rare that you get to watch an amazing movie that’s done something, which as a film fanatic, you haven’t seen before. When it comes to Action films, it’s difficult to do something unique, in terms of the action alone. Story wise, an Actioner can be awesome, as a lot have been… but the action itself is hard to reinvent. However, one small Indonesian film not only reinvents the brutality of the Action genre, but kicks it’s ass and throw it off a building.
3 Out Of 5 Stars
THE RAID is an awesome little action flick, which I came across through my fellow bloggers. I am so damn glad I did, as this was THE best Action film I’ve seen in a long ass time.
When a specialized SWAT Team plans a raid on a local slum, which has become infested with criminals, drug dealers and junkies of all scales, our story starts. The Slum is controlled by a previously untouchable Mob Boss who rules over the whole trade and considers the Building his Headquarters. This SWAT Teams walks in and gets a helluva lot more than they bargained for.get out! get out now!!!!
While almost all of the team gets taken out, a select few remain, particularly one man, who’s there for other reasons. This man must make his way through 15 floors of jaw dropping beat downs in order to rescue the members of his team and make it out alive, while others conspiracies and back door deals are happening around him.
It’s a simple story with nuanced performances. But the star is the lead of Iko Uwais & the Action choreographers, who literally and repeatedly kick ass! I assume that the martial arts used in the film is a regional style, but the way in which the lead character of Rama has to make his way through a building full of machete wielding foot soldiers… is fuckin’ awesome!
The Action sequences are long and drawn out to a point of exhaustion for the viewer. The brutality of the beat downs is enhanced even further by the realism within the action. Usually we see our heroes go up against helicopters, brick walls, and bullets and still be able to stand. However, THE RAID… keeps the realism intact, as our characters, (as well as the actors, one has to believe) are literally dropping dead from exertion after each action sequence.
This is brilliantly highlighted in one sequence showing the sheer exhaustion of Rama as he is struggling to walk and see straight, after an intense fight scene, shown this a mounted handheld camera, quite possibly, as a POV shot. Another awesome aspect that further enhances the fighting is the camera work. The camera is able to get in, around and through the fight scene as it’s happening, with intense close-ness. It’s a very innovative way of filmmaking as, at times, the camera is directly between the two people trading fists and face plants. It’s intense and very effective in films like these.
The Story is by no means shit or horrible. It compliments the action elements of the film very nicely. It’s a nicely framed film with enough suspense and thrills through out. It’s much more than JUST an action film, but it’s the crazy ass kick assery in THE RAID: REDEMPTION which blows minds.
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