Out on DVD this Tuesday from director/writer Gareth Evans, Stage 6 and Sony Picture Classics comes a towering battle with THE RAIDL REDEMPTION.
This film tells the story of Rama (Iko Uwais), a soon-to-be father and young policeman in Jakarta. Assigned to a SWAT team, there new assignment is to go into the slums of the city where an apartment building has become a locked down safe house for gangsters.
The gangster in particular who the police are after Tama (Ray Sahetapy) is on the top floor and the only way to capture him is one floor at a time. The team also must deal with Tama’s protectors in the form of Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) and Jaka (Joe Taslim).
It doesn’t take any time at all before the team realizes that this mission is suicide but move forward with each floor. As the police numbers dwindle, Rama takes the lead and along the way uncovers secrets and lies from both sides.
Each floor brings Rama closer to finishing what was started.
FINAL WORD: Uwais as Rama is calm, cool and collected. Once again here is an actor that takes martial arts to an insane level and carry a movie. Uwais was actually discovered by the director while visiting the new actors silat in 2007 and is also responsible for stunt coordination for the film.
Sahetapy as the drug lord Tama is another cool customer. Ruhian as Mad Dog was so crazy insane with his skill and his ability to maintain that face! The scene where he wants to fight “mano y mano” was something rarely seen in films where the “bad” guy basically isn’t afraid of anything.
Taslim as Jaka is raw and edgy and I’m going to leave it at that. Taslim is also in the process of filming THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 6 and I have no doubt that whatever his role it is going to be stellar.
Other cast include: Donny Alamsyah as Andi, Pierre Gruno as Wahyu, Tegar Satrya as Bowo, Iang Darmawan as Gofar, Eka Rahmadia as Dagu and Verdi Soliman as Budi.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE RAID: REDEMPTION three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This really is a film that is action packed with twists in the plot that are pretty darn creative. The action, quite honestly, had me hollering at the television screen. There were moments I was actually cringing and curling into a ball on the sofa and I love when that happens!
It really is hard to believe this film is 100 minutes. There truly isn’t any point where I thought it was lagging. If anything I wondered what was around the next corner or on the next floor! I know its not usual for a lady of “my age” to enjoy action films – let alone subtitled, martial arts actions films but this one I did! It is right up on the top of my list with IP MAN. This is energy laden that settles onto the viewer so don’t order a pizza and expect to eat it hot.
The DVD includes 7 featurettes on stunts, behind the scenes in the making of THE RAID REDEMPTION, An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese. There is also a Directors Commentary and Filmmaker Video Blogs. This DVD is going to give the viewers more than they could ask for!
In the end – one ruthless crime lord, twenty elite cops and thirty floors of hell!