The Raid: Redemption (2012) Review

It’s an action film that’s good. Not a superhero film or Rambo 8 but a good original action film. The film fits into a small genre called ‘pure action’ in which it fits neatly. This film revels in the skill of its actors and convenient plot which puts good vs. evil crammed into one apartment building. There are very few foreign films I truly enjoy mainly due to strange plots or basically it’s a boring drama, glad to see some good fun films coming from Indonesian. Interestingly enough I think this the first film I have seen from Indonesia and it’s so good, keep them coming.

As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every every killer, gangster, and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.

The best advice I can give to readers is if you like a great action film then watch this film because it will appeal to blood thirsty gun toting kung fu fighting machete wielding drug lord controlled mayhem loving film goers.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended: Not sure how you can watch it now but I am sure you can find a way.


To start off let’s talk about the acting. This should be interesting for me as I can’t really study their faces or anything since I am reading the subtitles, which is hard for me because I am dyslexic. In terms of acting ability the only points I could pick up where that the bad guys were being realistic in their sadistic cruelty and the good guys where brave and kick ass. Which when you think about it is pretty much all an action film needs. I could jibber on about acting but I don’t really have a good point to go off, so instead let’s talk about the action scenes awwwwwwyyeeaaaahhhh! The action scenes were very well laid out and for the most part very fluent with great fighting choreography. The action scenes were all that really has to be said is great about this film but that is all an action film really needs, this film revels in the skill of its actors and convenient plot which puts good vs. evil crammed into one apartment building.

The best part about this film I think is how it starts off with the raid team being organised and under orders to a group of people fighting for their lives. If you have seen the film then the part where they have axe through to the floor below demonstrates what I mean.So now let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The special effects in this film were pretty much just gun fire, explosions, gun and knife wounds. The fight scenes and action scenes in general where spectacular to see, plenty of Fists flying. The best thing I felt about this films look was the way that everything moved with Realistic fighting which made for great viewing.

Must Watch Trailer:

The best review I found would be “The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it’s as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.” Bruce Diones. Yeah it is! My favourite scene without giving anything away would be the scene in which The raid team have to break through the floor with an axe then burst into action slashing and shooting their way into the floor below, brilliant shift in the films direction and great choreographed fights.


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9 responses to “The Raid: Redemption (2012) Review”

  1. Jaskee says :

    I liked The Raid: Redemption a lot. It is as much of an action movie as any action fan could ever dream of.


  2. ruth says :

    If I don’t fall into the ‘blood thirsty gun toting kung fu fighting machete wielding drug lord controlled mayhem loving film goers’ should I still watch it? 😀 I’m a bit hesitant to rent this but I will because I’m from Indonesia, so it’s cool to see a movie from my home country getting so much buzz. I know the director is Canadian but still, the actors are mostly Indo people and it’s set in Jakarta, my hometown 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      It does have an interesting back story between two of the main characters that gets some screen time, this story makes you want to see a sequel. In that respect it’s got a lot more depth than most action films, however it does have a lot of ‘blood thirsty gun toting kung fu fighting machete wielding drug lord controlled mayhem’.
      I loved it and I would like to see this quality of films coming from Indonesia again, so for that you should probably watch it and I hope you enjoy 😀

      Oh and I hope there weren’t Apartment buildings like that around when you lived there haha 😀


  3. David Abrams says :

    This film kicks total ass ‘keep’em comin’.
    Not a great advert for Indonesia or apartments though haha.


  4. Tysoncarter says :

    Nice write up! Cant wait to see this


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