July 16, 2012

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Directed by: Gareth Evans
Country: Indonesia

Plot: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
Quick comment: This vibrant movie from Indonesia was a surprise, delivering intense battles between a cop squad and drug dealers inside an old labyrinthine building. I was impressed by how the physical fights were so accurate. The big issue with this movie was the use and abuse of detailed scenes of violence. Fortunately, there’s more here than just fights and shots, with the story revealing some surprising twists. Exhausting, but also an ebullient action movie.
Relevant awards: Best film (Dublin); people's choice (Toronto); silver screen award (Amsterdam).

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