The Raid: Redemption (2011)


A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. The action movie that has American reviewers raving lately isn’t a Hollywood product or a Chinese martial arts extravaganza.

After seeing the trailer, I knew I had to see this movie. Rarely our my high expectation met but The Raid surpassed it. If your seeing this movie, it’s because you want to see action and The Raid hit every mark. The action is a mix of shootouts, hand to hand weapons, and mostly good ol’ fashioned fists.

The Raid proves again how far behind American action films are. I’ve seen other great foreign action films like Ong-Bak, The Protector, and Ip man but The Raid surpasses them by highlighting a martial art style not shown in any recent films. Its brutal and never lets up. It’s not your typical ultra clean fighting that has been done to death but something that looks real and desperate at times as people try to survive outnumbered.

Story wise it isn’t anything great but at the same time it’s better than most martial arts films due to interesting twists and being incredibly well paced to before you know it its over and you want more.

A group of SWAT team arrived at an apartment block that is not taken care of with the mission of capturing the owner of a king narcotics dealer named TAMA. This block was never raided by the policeor even touched before. As a place not accessible by the authorities, the building became a havenof murderers, gang members, rapists, and thieves who seek a place stay safe.Began acting in the early morning, SWAT group secretly penetrated into the building and  controlling each floor they climbed steadily. But when they were spotted by scouts TAMA,attack them uncovered. From his penthouse suite, TAMA instructed to lock theapartment building to extinguish the lights and close all the way out.

Stuck on the 6th floor with no communication and attacked by residentswho were ordered by TAMA, SWAT team have to struggle through every floor and every room to complete their mission and survive.

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