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The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

The Last Dragon

What He said:

I have been waiting to see this movie for ages. I remember the first time I saw the trailer I was giddy. We live in an era of bad action movies, so when I see one that catches my interest, I get excited. This had the good reviews to back up my excitement too! So when I saw that it was on Crackle of all places (meaning it was free), I decided to check it out.

You know what this movie is about? Not much. I’m not trying to be funny; the plot is just really simple. It’s about a bunch of highly trained cops who raid an apartment building that is run by a crime lord. The movie is about the clash between the two sides. It’s almost one big non-stop fight.

The Raid: Redemption

The crime lord is named Tama Riyadi (played Ray Sahetapy) and he controls the entire building with the help of his seemingly endless crew of minions. He has two lead henchmen who work directly for him and they oversee the rest of the building’s residents.
Speaking of residents, they are almost entirely criminals. They rent out rooms from Tama for protection. He sort of lets them do whatever they want, but when he comes a calling, they are expected to drop everything. They know the building  inside and out. They’ve got cameras, secret passages and weapons coming out of their ears. It is like their version of a medieval castle. When someone attacks them on their turf, they are at a distinct advantage.

The Raid: Redemption

The main character is a rookie cop named Rama (played by Iko Uwais). Character-wise, he’s a pretty typical hero. He’s on the younger side, has a family, and is dedicated to the job. He is an extremely skilled fighter, and most of the time that would make somebody stand out, but since everybody in this movie appears to have a black belt in bad-ass, he’s just one of many people in this movie who are a one-man army.

That’s one of my biggest problems with the movie. Everyone is too good. Every single cop and criminal in this movie can fight like a world champ. It’s not very believable and to be honest it gets a little old after a while. Every fight is so overly choreographed, over-the-top, and intent on being the best fight ever put on film that it loses its luster after a while. It’s not very exciting when every fight looks scripted and there’s so many of them. Action is supposed to be dirty and not too crisp and clean. Every punch, block, and counter attack in this movie looks like it was planned out; which of course we know is the case since it’s a movie, but they could have tried a little harder to not make it look that way. I hate bad action. I can ignore the simple plot if the action entertained me, but it did. It looked too rehearsed. It was graphic to the point of a horror movie at times, which I don’t’ mind, but it felt exploitative and not entertaining. It’s like the movie was trying to cover up it’s boring story and characters with lots of blood, flashy fights, and loud music. Sorry, but I’m not buying it. I know a great deal of people like this movie, but I’m not one of them.  I was really disappointed in this movie. I thought I was going to love it, but was bored out of my mind by it.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on July 6, 2014.