The Raid: Redemption follows rookie SWAT member Rama (Iko Uwais) and the rest of his SWAT team. They are led by Jaka (Joe Taslim) and Wahyu (Pierre Gruno), who is keeping a big secret. Their mission is to infiltrate the apartment complex HQ of crime lord Tama (Ray Sahetapy) and his partners Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) and Andi (Donny Alamsyah) and take them out. But, naturally, the learn the whole thing isn't as heroic as it seems and know the entire squad is in grave danger. Trapped in the complex Rama get Tama and escape.
Make no mistakes. The Raid is an action movie first and foremost. The plot is pretty much an incomprehensible mess. Being that this is an Indonesian film, the movie is entirely in subtitles and the story gets to be way too complex for it's own good. The whole sub-plot about police corruption is ridiculously under-developed so that you only have the most basic understanding of what is going on. The most effective story involves secret family ties between one of the good guys and one of the bad guys and comes across well-enough so that you're invested enough in the surprisingly well-done characters that you want to see their story through to the very end.
The cinematography is killer (pun-intended) in this film. The movie does have shaky-cam, however, it's done just right. It gets the effect across but doesn't make the fight scenes impossible to see. It's too bad the writing could live up to the cinematography's high bar. While writing doesn't have to be Shakespearean in these kind of movies, the bland and forgetableness of it is inexcusable. There weren't any cool action movies lines that are going to be quoted over and over in the coming years. Inbetween fight scenes I found myself on the verge of becoming bored with the film, waiting for the next fight scene to come wake the film (and me) up.
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