Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Raid – Redemption

The Raid: Redemption
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83% (Critics) / 94% (Audience)
Directed By: Gareth Evans
Written By: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Synopsis: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (Source)

The Good:
The action in this movie is relentless; it’s like the viewer is on a bloody roller coaster that is stuck on a continual loop-d-loop. Aside from a good ten minutes of set-up this film is all violent action, all the time. And the action is fun to look at…their is a grittiness to it that still does not obfuscate the (gory) ballet of violence that the combatants perform in the hand-to-hand (or machete-to-machete) fight scenes.

The Bad:
This film is about as deep as one would expect from your average Saturday afternoon kung-fu theater flick. If great acting, witty dialog and deeply textures characters is what you are looking for then you are out of luck.

The Ugly:
I almost became apoplectic with my annoyance that no one seemed to be interested in arming themselves with one of the millions of guns or knives that ended up being dropped during this movie. If I were in a life or death situation I know I wouldn’t be all that eager to mano-a-mano with every psycho I ran into…I’d be scavenging guns and knives like a munitions crazy buzzard.

Final Verdict: A non-stop assault of cinematic violence on your senses. This is a must see movie for any action aficionado. While light story and character development but the martial-arts action scenes more than compensate for that failing. B+

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