First if all: SPOILER ALERT. You’ve been warned :p
If you are looking for movie with deep complex plots, lots of conflicts between characters, then obviously The Raid
is not the movie for you. But if you are an action junkie, then go ahead. Keep reading. I’m sure you’ll like The Raid very much
Basically, the movie is like this: a notorious drug lord, Tama Riyadi, is hiding in apartement building in Jakarta, which also become a safehouse
for criminals. Tama has 2 right hands: Doni, the man behind his drug business, and Mad Dog, a deadly fighter.
For 10 years the police have been trying to take the place down, but still unsuccesful
An elite team, lead by Sgt Jaka, is assigned to raid the building, in order to bring Tama down. This raid is ordered by Lt Wahyu.
a senior police. Apparently, Tama is already expecting them. So he asks his fellow criminals
to “play” with the elite team, and this is when the fun part begins. One by one, the member of the team is killed. Only Lt Wahyu, Sgt Jaka, Rama,
and the other 2 members survive. Can they continue the mission?
So, in a glimpse, you are probably thinking this movie sounds like a cliche: a bad guy is hiding somewhere, then a group of police is assigned to
raid his hiding place, arrest the bad guy, bla bla bla. Well, kinda. But as I said before, if you are looking for plots, you are watching the wrong movie.
In fact, this movie is almost plot-free. From the beginning until the end, the idea has always been action, action, and action. Lots of deadly pencak silat moves. Bloods everywhere. Kill or be killed. Probably like Kill Bill. In one scene, a bad guy is hit on his neck by an axe. Ouch. But he is not dead yet, so he has to be shot in the head. Double ouch. On another scene, Rama sweeps an entire corridor using deadly kick combos and knifes. The most epic scene of this part
is when he slams a guy, on his neck, into the sharp edges of a broken door. There are so many … uhmm… interesting ways of killing depicted in the movie.
To spice the story up a bit, a bit of conflicts is sprinkeled. Doni is actually Rama’s brother, who have gone missing for years. In the end of the movie, it is revealed that Lt Wahyu seems to be one of the police officials bribed by Tama, and he decides to finish him for good. A bit cheesy, maybe.
This movie employs a minimum visual effect, which is actually good, because it accentuates the actions in the movie.
So, what is my impression of this movie? Me, being an action junkie, is very satisfied. The satisfaction I felt is similar like the one after watching The Dark Knight. Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian did a brilliant martial art coreographing. I salute you guys! A dense, fast-paced action movie from the beginning to the end.
No fluffs, just stuffs! And now, this movie makes the other actions movies I already watched felt so… “light”, which I think will also affect how I see The Avengers. That’s bad, because actually I am expecting to see that movie
On the other side, let’s hope that Berandal, the sequel of this movie, will also equally epic, or even better. Yeah, I’m expecting a better plot, and not just relentless brutality.