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The Raid: Redemption

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2012 CSEAS Film Series: The Raid: Redemption
(2011, 101 minutes)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
Korean Studies Auditorium

Directed by Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais (as Rama); Joe Taslim (as Jaka); Doni Alamsyah (as Andi); Yayan Ruhian (as Mad Dog); Ray Sahetaphy (as the boss Tama)

Writer/Director Gareth Evans’ film is a non-stop barrage of fisticuffs, shoot-outs, and explosions. It is a well-choreographed exercise in action movie mayhem and it succeeds wholly in its intentions.

Evans reunites with the star, Iko Uwais, of his previous martial arts film “Merantau.” Both Uwais, as a martial artist and a screen presence, and Evans, as a creative force, have upped their game in “The Raid: Redemption.”

Uwais plays an upstanding cop who is part of a SWAT team in Jakarta. The plot is very simple on the surface. The officers must infiltrate a slum apartment building that houses a gangland overlord and his band of criminal mercenaries. But on their way to the penthouse suite, they must fend off countless attacks as their numbers dwindle. There is a political backstory, as well, with corruption and greed factoring into the equation as to just why the building is being raided in the first place.

This is not a perfect film, but it’s hard to care about its flaws that much when it’s still one of the most riveting, purely thrilling pieces of cinema you will ever see. “The Raid” won audience awards from film fests in Amsterdam, Toronto, and Dublin, but it is not for the squeamish!

-KG Harris & Matthew Lee

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