Friday, August 23, 2013

PCP on DVD - The Raid: Redemption

Sometimes I'll check out a movie strictly based on a recommendation from someone whose opinions on films I value. I hope that for you readers I have become one of those people. If so, I strongly encourage the action film lovers among you to go check out The Raid: Redemption immediately.

The Raid: Redemption - 2012, rated R.  My rating: 9 out of 10.

As I said in my intro, I picked up TR:R on a recommendation. The recommendation came from Gordon McAlpin, the genius behind the awesome webcomic Multiplex. And I am very glad I listened to him when it came to checking out this film.

TR:R is an Indonesian action film, so what dialogue there is will need to be read off the screen in subtitles, but there isn't exactly a ton of dialogue anyways in a film like this. The plot is somewhat similar to last year's Dredd (review here) but unlike that future sci-fi dystopia, this film is strictly grounded in realism and real-world physics. The plot is an elite SWAT-like unit of cops is sent to dispatch a crime lord that has taken over a slum building. Unfortunately, they lose the element of surprise, and have to fight their way out of the building or they face certain death.

One of my favorite things about foreign films (and I've said this before) is that since you don't know who the big name actors are, you don't know who is most likely to survive and who is really just a red shirt. That really helps build the tension here, as not all of the twenty men in the SWAT unit survive the day, and it gets so grim for them that at one point you're wondering if anyone will get out alive. As I said, the film is really realistic, and unlike most action flicks with bottomless ammo magazines in our heroes' guns, here both the good and bad guys actually run out of ammo, leading to incredible hand to hand combat scenes.

Overall this film easily has some of the best action sequences and fight choreography that I have ever seen in a movie. The film really dials the HSQ (Holy Sh** Quotient) up to eleven, showing me things I have never seen in a film before. I heard that a sequel is in the works, and I can't wait for that. Oh, and if you are a Linkin Park fan, bandmember Mike Shinoda did the score for the film, and he did a great job with it.

Here's the trailer for the film, if you need more persuading that this is a movie you can't miss!

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