The Raid: Redemption
Dir.: Gareth Huw Evans | Indonesia 2011 | 100 min
This is as close as you can get to making the perfect action film. A team of special police force officers are sent on a top-secret mission to Jakarta's most notorious tower block to catch a known gangster. The building is a true criminal fortress, so naturally they are armed to their teeth when they move in, but something goes wrong, terribly wrong, as their arrival is expected, and before long all of them are slaughtered. Apart from one, who is the last man standing, and locked in with Indonesia's biggest psychopath criminal, and, to make things even worse, he has also run out of ammunition. 'The Raid' is like a rabid pit bull on steroids, pure adrenaline distilled on celluloid, an ultra-bloody action film, the likes of which has not been seen since directors such as John Woo and Ringo Lam took the Hong Kong film scene by storm in the 1980s and 1990s, and lifted the action genre to new heights. 'The Raid' is both sinister and brutal, but at the same time so stylishly beautiful that one ends up gasping for breath.