Cert: 18 Runtime: 101 mins Director: Gareth Evans Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Well it has been a long time coming but the world now knows about The Raid, this is built as a great action film but in Indonesian (but written and directed by a Welshman). Now being Welsh myself I will give props to Gareth Evans with what he has achieved but exactly is The Raid about? The story is simple and well-known already: A team of cops infiltrate a tall apartment building in an effort to nab the crime lord who owns it. The building has become a safe haven for operating criminals, most of whom are tough, bloodthirsty killers. The cops get stuck in the building and are informed by their superior that the job is off the books, so they can’t call for backup. Many cops are killed before the survivors decide to continue fighting their way up the building, fending off a seemingly endless horde of weapon-wielding maniacs. If your goal is to walk into this movie and be psychologically challenged or expect great dialogue you will be disappointed. There are some movies that you need to walk into and know little of what will unfold to get the full cinematic experience.
Enthusiasts of the genre of action films must have been familiar with all the style of similar films from around the world ever. American action films off course have a different style from European action films. Asian action movies, particularly Hong Kong, usually the most prominent because of the strong element of self-defense and always looked real on the big screen. Well we’ll find a mix of all styles in film action film The Raid; action of an armed attack is felt America / Europe be continued with Asian martial arts fighting action. This produces a combined massive action scenes are very-very horrible! A background of Gareth Evans who was born in Wales – England but with childhood joy watching action films of Hong Kong production may partly explain the action formula presented in The Raid. Choreographed action scenes and cinematography Gareth arranged with Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhiyan for six months before the official start shooting generate an excellent visualization of action scenes.Among the action scenes that can make the audience breathless, The Raid slightly poor in terms of story. The story was only explaining the relationship between the main characters and tuck the twist which not too surprising (although not easily predictable). The story is a formula that has been common in genre films like; humble hero, raid, trap, crime boss watch dog who is hard to beat, twist the story, the truth / goodness still wins. It’s OK. And Gareth has chosen to sell the actions.
Performance of the actors in The Raid may be divided into two categories: the character role and the action role. Action role presented so dogged by Iko Uwais (Rama) and Donny Alamsyah (Andi). Joe Taslim (Jaka) who appears as the commander can also look fierce with a lot of improvisation from Judo. But the top champion of action should be pinned to Yayan Ruhiyan who plays Mad Dog a cold, a bit silly, but super fierce. My advice, never close your eyes when watching the ‘threesome’ scene of Mad Dog with Andi and Rama! Henky Solaiman was always able to steal the show though here only appears briefly as a father who is concerned about the safety of his son. But the audience will be mesmerized by the appearance of Ray Sahetapy who plays Tama, a local Mafia boss character who is very relaxed, but cold and cruel. Shown eating instant noodles in short pants when facing the caught intruders, Ray is able to make my skin crawl because it looks so real and it may be a representation / characterization of real local criminal boss! Gareth Evans once again finished the film with the ending ‘open’. Although without a convinced story, one thing that can be obtained from The Raid is that in this world no man is pure good or bad.