So yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to a special screening of THE RAID. The film will hit Australian screens March 22nd, from the awesome folks at MadMan Films.

Now I was pretty excited for this film, it looked to be right up my alley, a mixture of action/martial arts/horror/thriller you know all the elements that really make me tick as a film fan. The reviews had been so positive and one even stated it was worth and lived up to the hype. The trailers and clips were so great (a big shout out to my friend Sean, who first brought this film to my attention and I owe him big time for that) and by golly was I so excited for this!

I am happy to say that despite my huge expectations, the film exceeded them and then some! Not only is this a crazy film that does not let up from beginning to end but it is extremely well made, in every which way. The script and direction from Gareth Evans is top notch, this man knows exactly what he is doing. Every shot is set up with precision, every movement is choreographed perfectly, the dialogue is minimal but when the characters have something to say it makes you sit up and pay attention.

The story here involved a SWAT team who have an assignment to raid the apartment complex of a crime lord. From the get go we are given a main character to follow with Rama (Iko Uwais), he has a pregnant wife at home, and it is evident from the beginning has an ulterior motive for going on this mission. As the truck pulls up to the building, we have that gut feeling that something isn’t right, and as the men move in, the shit hits the fan.

The investment is there from the beginning; I was behind Rama all the way. The anticipation for things getting crazy builds up really well, and once it starts it does not let up through the entire film. Sure there are moments of calm, but it isn’t really calm, there threat level is high and full of suspense. Every piece of action, every hit, every bullet has been structured in such a smart way. We feel and see everything, no insane quick cuts to hide anything, no these men are really hitting each other. And it isn’t there just to be there, there is a reason and meaning behind it and the message is quite clear and it will hit hard too.

I loved the performances, Iko Uwais is simply phenomenal, and the man an act and the man can move. He should be the next big name, and I just want to see more of him. The feeling of discovering this man in this film, is the equivalent of discovering Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or even more recently with Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins, you know you are seeing someone special. The rest of the cast are impressive as well, no one really stood out over anyone else, because they were so well rounded with their acting and action chops. Perhaps I shall give special mention to Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog, who participates in two of the most amazing fighting scenes in cinema history! That is no exaggeration, the fight scenes are so fantastic, and I really could sit and watch them every day. The intensity is unreal, white-knuckle type of heart attack inducing scenes, I loved it.

I might be one sick puppy for having a smile on my face throughout this film, but it was just so good and so entertaining. There are things in this film you haven’t seen before; there are things that will turn you upside with their awesome. It isn’t easy to make an action/martial arts type film, and one that has a great story, great acting, fantastic camera work and cinematography and flawless choreography, but this is one of those. Unless anything else that comes out this year can top this film in every which way, I am placing it at Number 1 for 2012. This is going to bring in a new wave of films, this has set the bar high and we’ll see where we go from there.



3 thoughts on “THE RAID REVIEW

  1. Ok, that definitely sounds different and better than Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, the flick that I’ve strangely had this one confused with for so long. Hell it sounds like it may even have bested The Yellow Sea as best Asian action flick were it to be shown at Miff, that constant smile despite the sickness of the action on screen is certainly reminiscent of that picture.

    Really looking forward to this one now that I actually know what it is!


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