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The Raid (2011)

Months have passed since I read the first raving reviews of The Raid. My patience was being tested and couldn’t wait to finally see this movie. I was afraid that my expectations would be too high, so prepared to be disappointed. I had seen (and reviewed) Gareth Evans’ Merantau a while ago. The story of that movie wasn’t too good, but it delivered some great action and showcased the fighting skills of Iko Uwais. Although he is a part of a team here, the story does revolve around him.

If you have not heard about The Raid yet, let me get you up to speed. It’s about a SWAT team that needs to capture a crime boss who’s hidden away at the top of a building. The team needs to get there, but it is an impenetrable fortress with thugs on every floor. That’s most of the story, but as this is an action movie it’s enough to take the viewer on a thrill ride. And what a ride it is! I can’t remember the last time a movie made me swear out loud with a big smile on my face after seeing some brutal/graphic move/action scene. This movie is filled with them from beginning to end and if you can’t stand the look of violence and blood then this movie isn’t for you. The body count is extremely high and the ways in which people die is plentiful. Roger Ebert compared it to a videogame (for various reasons) he has a point. I’m someone who enjoys these type of videogames though and probably would play a lot of it had it been one.

Does this movie have drama and characters you care for? I really can’t say it has, although you automatically root for the good guys, but it really is the action that is shown that makes you want to see more. It hardly ever gives you a moment to breathe and that’s what I want in an action movie. I honestly can’t think of an action movie that will be able to outdo what I witnessed in The Raid and I’m already looking forward to the sequel.

  • sati says:

    This sounds like a great action film. I’m baffled lately but such praise being given to action genre, but as this is yet another positive review of the film, I will definetly try to check it out soon just to see what’s all the fuss about.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, when it comes to action movies I think that it’s hard to make a better one, none stop action….

      July 2, 2012 at 11:33 am
  • Inspired Ground (@InspiredGround) says:

    Wow, full score! It should be in your top movie this year, yes? Glad you loved it, Nostra. I agree about Merantau, the fighting scenes were great

    June 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It will be in my top 10 list, but not at number one. That place is currently reserved for The Intouchables.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • AndyWatchesMovies says:

    Wow, what a review! Sounds like I need to see this one ASAP

    June 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks, you really should see it soon. I already know I’ll be rewatching it very soon.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • Paragraph Film Reviews says:

    YEEEEEESSS! Another full mark’s review. I feel that this deserves nothing less. Definitely the new (ultra-high) standard for modern action movies. If they’re smart enough, I think the Expendables II team will get back together and re-edit / re-shoot a heap of the scenes again to make it more like this.

    Imagine fights this well choreographed between JCVD and jet Li!!!!! Boner alert!!

    June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    • Nostra says:

      :) I’m afraid I will be very disappointed by The Expendables now ;)

      July 2, 2012 at 11:35 am
      • Paragraph Film Reviews says:

        Saw the trailer for the Judge Dredd re-make… take a look – see if anything looks familiar!!!

        August 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm
  • kidmiracleshitter says:

    Great review. It can be tricky review and hype up a movie that you’ve really enjoyed without giving away too much. I’ve yet to see Gareth Evans other wok, but it’s on my short list.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:09 am
    • Nostra says:

      I always try to give away as little as I can in my review, but I think it’s clear it’s one you should watch!

      July 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

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