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The Buzz:

        In this Indonesian film, an elite SWAT team raids a tenement building run by a ruthlessly violent mobster and his gang. But things quickly spiral out of control, and soon the team are trapped, and have to fight off the hordes of heavily armed gang members to escape with their lives.

 

 Life of the Party:

        This is, without exaggeration, the BEST action film I've seen in years [and as our regular readers know, that means something. - Editor]. The gun fights are intense and violent, and when the ammo runs out the fist/knife/machete fights take this up to a level that must be seen to be believed. I watch a lot of action, martial arts, and horror films, all of which can have some pretty brutal levels of violence. But The Raid had me flinching throughout every fight, and by the end of a scene had me curled into an uncomfortable ball, only to be released with loud cussing about how brutal that just was ("Jesus FUCK that guy, holy shit!"). These actors exchange multiple blows per second, any one of which would have you or I throwing up our hands and saying "FUCK THIS, I QUIT!" It's like the "House of 1000 Broken Limbs" in The Protector (if you've seen the film you know exactly what I'm talking about) in EVERY FIGHT SCENE! If you liked Chocolate, or any of the Tony Jaa films, The Raid is a MUST see. I now want to see Iko Uwais (the main protagonist) or Yayan Ruhian (one of the main bad guys, "Mad Dog") take on Tony Jaa on film; THAT would be our generation's Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris fight.

        The acting (from what I can tell not speaking the language and having to rely on subtitles) is great, the effects are fantastic, and the sets combine with those aspects to actually immerse you in the film. For a bloody violent action-fest, look no further than The Raid: Redemption for your next movie night.

One of the best fight scenes I've seen, bar none [also, way whiter shoes than I'd expect. - Editor]

 

Potential Hangovers:

        As I alluded to earlier, this film does rely on subtitles for those of us who don't speak Indonesian (my apologies if the language is actually called something else). While this isn't a HUGE problem, subtitles always turn some people off. Though it's important to note that The Raid does a good job of not having important plot dialogue during action scenes (those consist mostly of screams of pain, thuds, gunfire, and you cussing).

        Also as I alluded, this film is VIOLENT! Though NOT gory, there's plenty of blood, as well as gun-shot victims, but you never see someone's guts spread across a wall. That isn't the negative; the negative is that even without the gore, this film is MUCH too violent for those with a weak stomach. If just the thought of a scene where a guy's knee gets ripped out with a combat knife, or a guy's throat getting sliced open with broken light tubes grosses you out, then DO NOT watch this film, and I will not judge you.


This bit doesn't end like you think it will...

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Man-Cave, Solo Experience

        I've watched The Raid: Redemption twice now, each time solo, and really enjoyed it each time. However, I feel like this is a movie that really lends itself to a gathering of friends and drinks, like in Tanked Matinee's early days of us getting together to watch MXC and Ong Bak. Gather your fellow action fans, crack open a forty, and prepare for possibly the most awe-inspiringly brutal martial arts you've seen in some time.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ THE BEST action film I've seen in some time

+ On top of the action, it's a really good film

+/- The brutality (seriously, that aforementioned guy's knee, GONE!)

 

Drinking Game:

~ Drink every time someone is "dispatched" (killed/maimed/quits)

~ Drink every time someone takes a blow that would make you quit (hardcore drinkers only, and even then...)

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