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The Raid [Blu-ray]
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Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city's most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area's most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area.
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. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.
- Director's commentary (exclusive to UK)
- The Raid feature--original language with English subtitles
- The Raid feature with English language dubbing
- Featuring U.S. and original uncut version
- Video blogs
- Claycats: The Raid
- The Raid fan films
- Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
- An Evening with Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais
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>
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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.
We couldn't have been more wrong.
THE RAID got half a dozen spontaneous rounds of applause, and a standing ovation at the end. Well deserved.
I've now seen it four times on the big screen, and bought the DVD on the day of release.
THE RAID, is a smart, lean, tightly-controlled thrill machine, perfectly calibrated to create maximum tension and adrenaline, without any of the dumbed-down compromises we've been conditioned to expect from Hollywood. This is, quite simply, the kind of action movie they just don't make any more. Imagine early-80s John Carpenter tension, fused with mid-80s John Woo Hong Kong action (but without Woo's cheesiness), and you're in the right ballpark. It's fast, dense, gritty, uncompromising, and utterly gripping, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such action classics as DIE HARD, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS and HARD BOILED.
Director Gareth Evans is going to be a major force in Hollywood. Get in on the ground floor.
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.
The film never advertised itself in the above way, so maybe you should read up on a film in future, unless you go out of your way to buy films to moan about them. And funnily enough, it's an Indonesian film, set in Jakarta, so why do you think it would/should be in English?
This is exactly what it said on the tin. A non-stop action movie.
Not something to watch with the kids, or those of a gentle disposition, but if you want constant fighting, using a variety of weapons, including bare hands, then this is the film for you.
I watched it in both directions on a flight to/from Vegas, then came home and bought the DVD to watch again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing fights scenes - some of the best choreography by some seriously talented fighters. Highly recommended, a great advert for Pencak SilatPublished 1 month ago by Adyviathon
Can martial art movies get better than this?. We will have to wait and see.Published 1 month ago by charles salmon
A really violent action packed film from start to finish,If you don't mind subtitles it's well worth a watch. Arrived on time. Colin.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This film is great. The fight scenes are amazing and realistic enough to make you wince at parts. It is very very action oriented.Published 1 month ago by Callum Ney