With the movie market saturated with explosions, car chases and gun fights, it makes you wonder if any action movie out there is original. That's why I love martial arts movies, nothing can top a well choreographed fight sequence.
That's what The Raid: Redemption was. Just a well choreographed Indonesian fight sequence.
The plot was simple enough: there's a bad guy at the top of this apartment building, go get him.
And really, that's all I need to know. I just wanna shut off my head when I watch action movies. Everything has to be about political intrigue or conspiracy sprinkled with some explosions and horrible fight scenes. I'm talking about those stupid fight scenes where it seems like the cameras are taped to each persons fists and there's a camera man smushed in the middle. Can't see a bloody thing. By the end of it you're vomiting from motion sickness.
The Raid: Redemption has none of that. The camera guy is backed up far enough so you get the two (or more) guys throwing down.
The fight scenes are particularly brutal. Lots of stabbing, throat slashing and bone breaking, but if you can get over that, then this just might be your cup of tea.
Should you go watch it? If you're into action movies, by all means go see it. If you don't like action movies, by all means go see it.
Case and Point
The Raid: Redemption is: Deep Blue Sea but the sharks are machete wielding crack heads.