Bursting onto the Martial arts scene with the Raid, Uwais' star is shining bright even in this flawed but promising action flick. His trade of Pencak Silat is beautifully fluid and captured by the director. Gareth Evans really knows his way around a fight scene, by making Uwais touchable; these scenes are given room to breathe. Which gives it more value than merely watching a superhero dispose of countless anonymous baddies, by making him mortal is much more interesting.
The scuffle in the elevator was phenomenal and the final show down at the docks, even better. At the same time Evans direction did draw certain scenes out and the was one occasion which displayed a lack of basic knowledge into how to construct an image. Likewise, the whole thing has no distinction in a crammed genre, with all the same archetypes and the same story. Yet, its entertaining, really entertaining, and at the end of the day that's all that really matters in martial arts genre.