A two-fisted cop (Iko Uwais) leads a team into a 15-story building on a mission to bring down a vicious drug lord (Ray Sahetapy).
" For now, count 'The Raid' alongside the likes of Peter Jackson's 'Bad Taste' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Mimic': a talented young filmmaker flexing his muscles, stating his intent, and promising better things in the future. "
" The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts. "
" The hardest-working guy on this film had to be the foley artist, the technician responsible for figuring out what it sounds like to have both knees and elbows snapped, in rapid succession. "
" After too many bloated Hollywood spectacles, the joltingly energetic The Raid: Redemption feels like an action film distilled to its essence. "
" Because Welsh-born director Gareth Evans has an especially good understanding of how to choreograph and stage the fight scenes, this comes across as a viscerally enjoyable experience. "
" A slam-bang, knock-your-socks-off action bonanza with some of the most peerlessly shot, performed and choreographed fight sequences you're likely to see on screen. "
" "The Raid: Redemption" is sheer action ecstasy. "
" As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing. "
" The film is a sort of high-speed demolition derby except with human actors. It is 100 percent highly concentrated whoop-ass, and it is sensational. "
" The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.'' "
" Extraordinary stunt and fight work and nonstop excitement, but a warning to those who are at all squeamish: this may be the most violent movie I've ever seen. "
" Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet. "
" Raw, rough and relentless, it just keeps coming at you. "
" It's claustrophobic, tense, ultraviolent -- and fun. "
" The entire thing is so vague, at times it feels like a sequel to a movie we never saw; surely, there's something we're missing here, right, some backstory we're supposed to have? "
" 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. "
" Grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows. "
" My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended. "
" "The Raid: Redemption" is built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay. "
" Listen, just watch the doggone movie. "
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