Has ‘The Raid’ Broken Action Movies?

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Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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The Raid is Released on DVD/Blu Ray next week and it’s gotten me thinking. I saw this film in the cinema and it blew me away. Since then however, I have found that action movies (even ones that I previously loved) have seemed tame and slow paced in comparison.

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I’m a big fan of action movies. I like to see people getting kicked in the head, I like to see people being riddled with so many bullets that they end being more lead than man. And I like to see blood…everywhere. I don’t think I’m alone in this and yet action movies have become increasingly and depressingly more toned down in these last few years in order to make them more audience friendly. To say I’m unhappy about this is an understatement. To say I’m completely fucking raging would be a better way to put it…but as everything has to be audience friendly these days I’ll have to settle for I’m unhappy about this.


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This is my normal reaction when watching sub standard action movies!


So when I heard about Gareth Evan’s The Raid or The Raid: Redemption if you live in America (I will never call it this however, as no-one gets redeemed anywhere in the movie) I was excited. The reviews were great, the clips I’d seen looked amazing and I’d heard that watching it compared to being like the first time you saw Die Hard (which I seriously doubted was true but was excited about nonetheless)

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.

A more succinct synopsis would be “A Guy beats the living crap out of lots of people and learns a few lessons along the way”.

Little did I know exactly what I was letting myself in for. Have you ever watched a film and realised it might just be the greatest thing you’ve ever seen? Have you ever seen something that was so good that you feared nothing would ever satisfy you after it? That’s what happened when I saw The Raid and here’s why…..


There Will Be Blood


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The fights in this movie are on a whole other level to anything you’ve seen before. Whilst they basically all involve the hero, Rama (the amazing and seemingly inexhaustible Iko Uwais), doing his best to put everyone’s head through a wall they all have their own style and feel. There’s gun fights, fist fights in hallways, in rooms, fights with machete wielding psychos, and the finale….I’ll get to it later but for now:

Using the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat (which I can only assume translates as “Brutal Ass Kicking”) and any weapon he can find, Rama beats, stabs, shoots his way through everyone who gets in his way through the movie. And you get to see him do it. They show you every second of it.


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Rama uses everything at his disposal. In this case, by introducing the jagged and sharp section of a broken door to an enemies neck. Nice

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Dan is just a guy who worked in a video store and took the compliment/insult that he was like “Randal” from “Clerks” a little too literally. Thankfully Bad Haven has given him the chance to blurt out his internal monologues on nerd culture. Proclaiming his love for the things he likes (which include books, movies, games, comics) and utterly destroying the things he doesn’t (pretty much everything else). Dan is an editor, reviewer and feature writer for Bad Haven.

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  • danny

    this movie was very good with the fight sequences, but there are others on the same level

  • pick up bart

    You are absolutely right on with this review, I mean spot on. Love to see this movie get the accolades it does, best action movie I have seen in decades.( I still liked the Bourne trilogy though) It WAS like watching Die Hard for the first time. I absolutely shared that moment; where you just got the film and knew it had to be part of your Blu Ray collection, I literally said to myself: “I want to own this movie” well before the credits. Even if it was just for the sole reason to show it to other people to showcase my vast superiority in taste of action movies. This movie is top notch and so was the review, thank you.