The Raid - Subtitled 2011

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Deep in the heart of one of Jakartas most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs and is considered a no-go area by even the bravest and most experienced police officers. In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.

Starring:
Joe Taslim, Pierre Gruno
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Joe Taslim, Pierre Gruno, Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian
Director Gareth Evans
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages Indonesian
Dubbing English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Joe Taslim, Pierre Gruno, Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian
Director Gareth Evans
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages Indonesian
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Docherty on 2 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm not what you would call a film buff and I can't do 'critical reviews' but if you want a great action film then get The Raid. It simply doesn't stop from beginning to end.
Anyone with a passing interest in hand-to-hand combat or martial arts will love this film for the speed of the fight choreography - and there's plenty of shooting scenes if that's your preference.
Don't worry about the subtitles, it's very easy to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Who’d have thought that Indonisia would raise the bar when it came to action movies? ‘The Raid’ is hardly the most complicated film to review, but, if you’re into your gunplay and marshal-arts then you can’t go far wrong here. Oh, and you’ll need to be okay with subtitles.

Basically, the film is about a police raid on a towerblock containing some of the toughest (and deadly) criminals around. And – guess what – things don’t go too well for our boys in blue. It isn’t long before their bodies start piling up, leaving only our plucky new recruit (who just so happens to be damn good at kicking people) to survive and untangle the mess that’s quickly building up.

If you’re wondering what makes this so much better than all the other action movies out there – it’s the ‘look’ (well, for starters anyway). It has a very professional and gritty feel to it. The director (who, to my shame, I’ve never heard of) has obviously spent a lot of time framing each shot to give it quite a nice – almost ‘arty’ – feel. Then there are the fight scenes – they’re meticulously choreographed and, despite being technically as unrealistic as the next marshal arts film, they are really good fun to watch.

The actors are basically cast according to their looks. Bad people are ugly and good people have nice hair. However, at least everyone plays their part well and, even though all the talking is subtitled, it seems that everyone can actually act as well as is required for beating people to a pulp.

There are a few twists and turns in the plot – some you may see coming, others are less obvious. But I won’t go into them too much. All you need to know is that, if you’re okay with subtitles and love marshal arts or action films, then you’ll enjoy The Raid (and its sequel, if you’re curious about that!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarkW on 15 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
When I picked this film I was looking for an easy-watch Action film and that is exactly what I got. I had not appreciated that this was not an English language film until it started, and after a couple of minutes of watching it subtitled I switched to the English dubbed version which was not always that well done, but meant that you could concentrate on what was going on rather than the sub-titles - and there was a lot going on....Without much in the way of scene-setting, the film launches into the arrival of the Police SWAT team at the block of flats that they are raiding, so with one or two exceptions you don't really get to know who's who in the team. Soon the team is under attack and it is not a case of completing the mission, just of trying to get out of the building alive. The action is relentless and very violent with gun fights switching more towards cruder weapons and unarmed combat as the film progresses. The suspense builds and it becomes clear that not everybody is what they seem. The film builds to an exciting and tense conclusion with several prolonged 'martial arts' fights along the way. Not sure that the plot all fits together that well, but that didn't detract from the film for me. Maybe nit-picking but I did object to the DVD cover that show a police-van outside the flats with explosions and helicopters circling with search lights. Maybe poetic licence but the explosions don't start until the SWEAT team are inside and a key part of the story is the fact that the SWAT Team have no outside backup - so there is never any helicopters involved! Still a great Action film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area - even the police are unwilling to enter.

It has become a safe-house for dangerous killers and gangsters.

A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner - a drug lord named Tama....

First let's get the criticism out of the way, the plot is paper thin. That's it, nothing else.

All the story is, is that there is a bunch of cops, and every level they go up in the block, gets a little bit more difficult and they become fewer, with a little bit of corruption thrown in for good measure.

The film starts off very tensely, and as soon as Tama calls Lock Down, the film never lets up until the final frame.

If you take Die Hard, and add a little Game of Death, you have The Raid.

The fighting in this, is beyond awesome, it's awe inspiring, and if you think you will get bored of fight after fight, the little dramatic scenes, pack just as much of a punch, that you really care for these people.

The writer/Director of this film clearly knows his action movies, as he has referenced nearly all the prolific action movie makers in one sense or another.

I thought before seeing this, it was way over-hyped, and i was wrong, it deserves it's reputation. Like a musical, the fighting is wonderful to look at as well as hear.

Easily the best action movie in the last fifteen years.
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