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"The Raid: Redemption" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, gangster and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team's fallen leader and use every bit of his fighting strength - winding through every floor and room to complete the mission and escape with his life.

 

 

 

Specifications

  • Sony Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC/ MEPG 4
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

  Commentary

Wow! This foreign film was a bit of a surprise and may be the best action flick I have seen this year. Intense close martial arts, gun play and knives slicing through flesh action will keep your jaw agape through out the entire film. I recommend watching with the sub-titles off and the dialog in English, because you will want to watch the action without distraction, as our hero fights through a 15 story building full of people out to kill him. Sure, this is not Oscar worthy material, but it sure provides a fun ride. Not for the squeamish or the little kids...but this is a great evening-in-the-man-cave type of movie!

 Technical

The overall picture was quite good for a low budget film. Colors and contrasts were pretty spot on. The dark scenes had good depth, and there are plenty of dark scenes in this movie. (Not much sunlight in this film, because no one should be standing in an open window, if you catch my drift). Details were also very good, though some of the blood flying around looked a bit too CGI. Sound was loud and like the action, in your face. Lots of sub and surround effects. The music helps to keep your adrenaline high, too.

 Extras

Where to begin? Commentary with Writer/Director Gareth Evans, 6 behind-the-scenes video blogs with Gareth Evans, Behind the Music: Featurette with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and composer Joe Trapanese, Inside the Score: A trailer teaser for Mike Shinoda's first feature score, An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese feaurette Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda: Details on the hard shoot, score, stunts, and themes, An Anatomy of a Scene: Outlines hole drop sequence THE RAID TV Show Ad (circa 1994): Spoof of an actual 1994 Japanese anime TV commercial, Claycat's The Raid: Lee Hardcastle's UK claymation short film with a Mike Shinoda music score.