DVD Review: The Raid - Redemption
As much as I love great character development and a good story, sometimes it must all be put aside for one ass kicking ride. Such is The Raid: Redemption.
When a SWAT team is assigned to take down a crime lord in his own high rise apartment slum, things go awry when the team's quickly discovered and turns into the target of every low-life tenant of the building. As their numbers dwindle, the few remaining cops become trapped and must fight their way out, all while being hunted by the crime lord's thugs and mercenaries.
There isn't much plot to The Raid, but it does provide just enough to justify the nearly 100 minutes of pure adrenaline action. The film boasts some truly amazing fight sequences, enough to satisfy any action junkie's addiction. Though, if not in the right mood, or not a fan of violent action to start, the multiple extended scenes of hand-to-hand combat could easily feel tedious.
Of course, the film provides a main hero to root for in the form of Rama (Iko Uwais), who is merely set up as a young cop with a pregnant wife. However, it is soon discovered that he is the ultimate badass as he defeats a crowd of bad guys all by himself, and more than once. As the film progresses, attempts to develop his character further are made, some of which work, but also some of which feel extremely cliched. In the end it doesn't matter, because no one is watching The Raid looking for a flawed hero or misunderstood villain.
The Raid: Redemption (who was being redeemed, again?) may have more or less stock characters and a paper thin plot, but it offers exactly what it advertises. Anyone hoping for something else will be sorely disappointed.