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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, Iko Uwais
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Blu-ray
You'll find little plot development, character arc, tonal shift or emotional punch. The Raid is opting for visceral, hyperkinetic and relentless action. For action and I mean "real brutal" action that's balletically choreographed, blood gushing fight scenes that are exhilarating and a punishing assault on your senses. The reason for this mayhem is simple and brutally effective and manages to include fists, feet, elbows, knees of fury every technique and weapon under the sun. These guys give new meaning to fighting tooth and claw. The action is breath taking in it's violence with a jaw dropping machete fight that managers to out do all other bigger budget action films around. The plot is paper thin and identical to the much bigger budget Dredd 3D but in this case there no such thing as too much of a good thing. This movie isn't remotley subtle but when the bullets are flying (which is most of the time) it's a heart pounding experience with all the credentials to become a cult classic and in the case of Iko Uwais a new martial art star is born.
Don't be put off by being spoken in native Indonesian and having subtitles as if you go to the set up menu you can have the option for English language dubbing that is actually very well done and hardly destracts from the mayhem.
See if you like.......
Die Hard.
Hard Boiled.
The Killer.
Ninja Assassin.
Assault on Precinct 13
Dredd.
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By Kev Mooney #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Watched The Raid only today and was blown away by it!

The story is that of a powerful drugs baron who has taken over a run down apartment block that has become a no go area for the police. The block is heavily defended by his gang members and the people who live there, who tend to be the criminal element by the looks of things. There are 15 floors to the top which is where the operation is run from. A special swat type team are sent in to shut this place down and bring the top baddie down. That is the premise of this story.

By way of dialogue, there isn't much at all. When there is it does bring this movie together and you find out who's who with some surprises along the way! By way of action. . . . there is plenty to go around here believe you me folks! Do not blink because the fight scenes are lightening fast at times and executed to perfection by the actors, brilliant fight choreography. The star of the movie Iko Uwais co-choreographed the fight scenes which use the fighting techniques of Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art and very effective he makes it look to.

This is virtually non stop from start to finish, blisteringly fast, loads of gun, knife and hand to hand fighting in enclosed and open spaces which shows off the skills of these actors to the full with plenty of great moves that you'll want to rewind and watch in slow motion when this bluray comes out.

If you're the serious film buff type looking for good character depth and actors who have learnt their trade treading the boards, forget it! This is a no holds barred, brutal attack on the senses during which you'll be up outta your comfy seat throwing roundhouse kicks and shadow boxing
infront of the telly!

A follow up movie is already in the pipeline called Berandal which will star some of the same actors and will be choregraphed by the same ones who did The Raid.

I can't wait!
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This ticks the majority of boxes for an action film and makes for exciting, if not always enjoyable, viewing. There is a lot to admire here and the action sequences make their Hollywood equivalents look tame in comparison. My only criticism, which boils down to personal taste to some extent, is that it is too violent. This might sound like an irrational criticism to level at this genre of film, and the level of brutality certainly adds to the tension, but for me this made it a difficult watch in places. This point notwithstanding, it remains an excellent action film that definitely doesn't pull any punches.
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Format: Blu-ray
When his SWAT team gets sent to raid a tower block run by a dangerous drug lord, Rama and his team find themselves trapped and having to fight their way out.
Having already seen the almost identically plotted Dredd, I wasn't sure how much this interested me but I was won over by glowing media recommendations. For once they weren't overhyped.
If anything, the sheer panache and style of Gareth Evans' direction can't be overstated. Quite simply he should be viewed as THE up and coming action director of his generation. His taut, dramatic style combines perfectly with actor Iko Uwais great acting and staggering fighting to make The Raid a pulse-troubling battle from floor to floor all the way to the climax.
The fighting is so whip-fast and lethal, the swipes of blades and fists so savage, that even seasoned action movie fans will be blown away by the sheer kinetic energy and pacing, marvelling at the speed and danger of the inventively staged fights. Better yet, the character work hasn't been ignored, giving you a story to enjoy and characters to actually care about amidst the constantly varied gun and fist battles.
astounding fight choreography.
Utterly brilliant and simply one of the best action movies of the year.
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Ok, bold title and a few caveats. The plot is SWAT team tries to get a drug baron in a block of flats...and that's it for plot and locations. The dialogue is in Indonesian so the translation may lose some nuance (but I doubt it) and overall it's every action cliche rolled into one script.

So why the title and 5 stars? Because everything is executed perfectly. The sweaty tension raising intro, the bombastic gunfights and most of all the incredibly brutal, fast and efficient martial arts.

I saw this on a Wednesday evening in a half full cinema- and yet there were spontaneous rounds of applause and cries of "oh god!" as you saw audacious action scene after visceral fistfight. It is a constant thrill with enough "plot" to allow you to recover before the next shot of adrenaline cinema kicks in. It reminds Hollywood it's not about money or how much blows up but how it blows up and two men fighting in a kitchen can be more exciting than watching a city being trashed by giant robots.

A must see for any fan of action movies.
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