The Raid

The Raid: Redemption – a team of elite cops storm a high-rise building in the hopes of capturing a vicious crime lord. I walked in expecting a decent action film, didn’t think I’d be watching cinema history. There’s around 10 minutes of story scattered through the film, and it rarely drops below a sprint for the 80 minute runtime. The cast are championed by a few unbelievably talented action/fighting stars – who deliver scene after scene of lengthy, intricate, and phenomenally choreographed fights, with moves that make you shout ‘HOLY FUCK’ about every 30 seconds. There’s machete fights, close combat, martial arts, wrestling, SWAT raids… it’s all there, in abundance. The violence is pretty brutal, explicit, 18-rated gore – matched by some body abuse from the most insane, dedicated (potentially stupid) stuntmen. Some decent tension is built up in parts, and overall the film is well-shot and stylishly directed – it’s also breaks up the relentless action with flashes of dark humour. With 5 minute long action scenes every 6 minutes and a pile o’ bodies left on every floor The Raid is an action film that truly delivers – it completely re-writes the book on action cinema by cutting through all the guff we have come to put up with and by being all killer, without a single frame of filler. It raises the bar, then kicks it in the face, stabs it, shoots it, loads it into a bazooka and blasts it in to space. I sincerely hope that this opens the floodgates to a barrage of awesome Eastern action flicks, as it beats the shit out of every big-studio Hollywood / UK action movie I’ve ever seen. The Raid‘s better than fantastic; it’s the best, and most important action film I can ever remember watching.

Score: 10/10

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11 comments
  1. Nostra said:

    Heard good stories about this one and really looking forward to seeing it. 5 minute action scenes every 6 minutes sounds like something I will very much enjoy.

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  2. It certainly is one of the best action movies ever isn’t it? Very well directed, and incredibly paced (LOL @ your “Holy Fuck” every 30 seconds, thats true). Incredible, incredible movie.

    I agree with maxing out its grade!

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  3. Awesome review. Dying to see this movie. Loved this: “it completely re-writes the book on action cinema by cutting through all the guff we have come to put up with and by being all killer, without a single frame of filler. It raises the bar, then kicks it in the face, stabs it, shoots it, loads it into a bazooka and blasts it in to space. I sincerely hope that this opens the floodgates to a barrage of awesome Eastern action flicks, as it beats the shit out of every big-studio Hollywood / UK action movie I’ve ever seen. The Raid‘s better than fantastic; it’s the best, and most important action film I can ever remember watching”.

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  4. Shaft said:

    Read nothing but raving reviews for this one. I thought it must’ve been a mistake, you know, people actually loving an action film. But it really seems this is a winner. Will see the first chance I get.

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  5. Stu said:

    Wow, I’d read some strong endorsements but a ten from you is fairly unheard of. This one just made it’s way onto my queue.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Hope you got round to it, and that it didn’t knock you out.

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  6. r361n4 said:

    Had to skip the review because I’m planning on reviewing this myself soon on my new blog once I can get my hands on it. Your score only makes me want to see it even more though, I always appreciate it when reviewers go out on a limb and award the occasional 10/10, I feel like it’s not necessarily like saying it’s perfect as much as it’s saying I fully vouch for this movie’s greatness.

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    • Nostra said:

      Finally managed to see it and it’s a 10/10 for me as well. It’s been a while since an action movie made me laugh and curse from excitement as much as did one did.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Thanks for stopping by. As you say, 10/10 doesn’t necessarily mean “cinematic perfection”, just that in my eyes, it’s a perfect film. Also, in 3 years I’ve only given away three or four top marks, in the hope that it adds some clout to the scoring.

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  7. Lukok said:

    After reading you review I checked this out and I was blown away. It was a really cool flick. The fight scenes were incredible, they used a lot of weapons. The story was pretty good too. It really deserves all the plaudits coming it’s way. That’s how you make an action film.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Glad you liked his – watched it again after Christmas and still absolutely loved it. Definitely re-wrote the action book.

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