Superlatives may as well have been invented in the first place simply to describe the action sequences in the outstanding The Raid
. It's hard to think of too many other films that have framed action cinema as ambitiously as director Gareth Evans and his team manage here, bringing the events of The Raid
to life in exhilarating, breathless fashion.
The simple idea behind the film is this. A 30-storey tower block houses some of the most dangerous, nastiest criminals in Jakarta. Unsurprisingly most give it a wide berth, until an elite SWAT team embarks on a deadly mission to effectively clear the building out, a floor at a time. It's spoiling nothing to reveal that this plan has its flaws.
What makes The Raid so much more than this basic premise, though, is the incredible, stunning execution of it. This is a pure, relentless, expert action film, boasting incredible camera work and equally strong fighting. In fact, feel free to throw a few more superlatives at the movie. It absolutely deserves it.
So does the Blu-ray package, too. It's not just the quality of the picture and audio transfer that deserves praise here, as someone's really put their back into providing an excellent collection of special features. This particular edition includes a director's commentary that's exclusive to the British release, and there's a lot of behind the scenes material and promotional work to enjoy, too.
The Raid is, then, that rarest of things: a modern action cinema classic. Really. That it comes on such a strong Blu-ray only makes things better. --Jon Foster>
Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-Ray player in order to play.
A police raid on a Jakarta tenement building turns into a non-stop bloodbath when the drug dealer who owns it unleashes a furious barrage of fists, bullets, and blades, leaving the few remaining survivors of the invading SWAT team to fight their way up to the top and end the psychotic criminal's violent reign once and for all. Expectant father Rama (Iko Uwais) is an honest cop with deadeye aim and killer fighting skills. Following orders from his lieutenant -- a respected police veteran and mastermind of the ambitious raid -- Rama leads his heavily-armed team into the building silently and stealthily. Their mission is to take down Tama (Ray Sahetapy), a vicious criminal kingpin who uses the building as a shelter for both his many customers and his small army of loyal dealers and killers. Even the bravest cops in the city have never dared to breach Tama's fortress, and once the team's cover is blown, it quickly becomes apparent why; almost immediately, half of the team is shredded in a vicious barrage of gunfire and machetes. The exits have all been blocked, and with Tama's men closing in fast Rama's only hope is to keep going up and take out anyone who gets in his path. Meanwhile, Tama realises that some of the cops have managed to survive the initial assault, so he unleashes two of his best men to stop them dead in their tracks. With his team cut down to a mere handful and his munitions exhausted, the determined cop vows to complete his mission by whatever means necessary.
- Actors Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy, Tegar Satrya, Iang Darmawan, Eka 'Piranha' Rahmadia, Verdi Solaiman, Alfridus Godfred, Rully Santoso, Melkias Ronald Torobi, Johanes Tuname & Sofyan Alop