Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jason and Shawn review The Raid: Redemption

A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. Need we say more?

Jason: I love, love, LOVE this movie! Where have you been all my life!?! Think the final showdown in the hospital at the end of Hard Boiled and that is the entire movie. No bullshit

Gareth Evans knows how to shoot an action scene. The gunfights are blazing and the martial arts the best I've ever seen. Period. There is a sequence of carnage where main dude Rama (Iko Uwais) stabs, kicks, punches and elbows his way through about 20 people. No shaky cam, no wire-wu, no faking it near as I can tell. It all happens on screen. It's brutally awesome. And there's about three or four more fights like that. Uwais is Tony Jaa, only better. Don't let Hollywood get a hold of him, they'll ruin his awesome.

Evans's script is also willing to slow down and add some character beats. Not too many, just enough to give the viewer time to breathe. Then it's back to what we're paying to see -- the action.

I will own it. I will watch it again. And I will screen it for other action fans. A Good!

Shawn: Wow. Indonesia, Nice fucking job. Self-proclaimed best action movie? I think I have to agree. Have not seen a better one in a long time.

Complete and total satisfaction with the level of brutality, action and fight choreography. I haven't been this impressed since Tony Jaa busted on the scene with Ong Bak and his brutal version of martial arts. This made Jaa's movies look like child's play.

How do you follow up a movie like this???? It was like that one scene in Ip Man, where he fights the entire Karate Dojo, except it's the whole movie long; with guns, knives, machetes and just ... head-exploding bullet holes! Kid in a candy store. Fuck yeah.

Good. Fuck Yeah.

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