The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

A film by Gareth Evans

Movie review

Keeping it simple is what Welsh director Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption has going both for it and against it at times. Rather than bothering with elaborate character development and subplots, Evans focuses his film on the task at hand, a police raid on a drug-infested slum building. There are enough archetypal elements to the story (crooked cops, brothers on both sides of the war) to form a familiar structure, but the depth stops there. While this can make for a lack of attachment to any person on screen, it does allow the viewer to fully admire the brilliantly executed fight sequences, which at times are completely mesmerizing. Who needs character anyway?

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Raid (The): Redemption