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The Raid

This is one of the best martial arts films I have ever seen.   Set in Indonesia, this movie is pretty much non-stop action.   Be warned, there are sub-titles.  Do not let that deter you, take the time to see this movie.   The enjoyment is just off the charts.

Set in a 15 story building, in a raid organized to go after a brutal crime lord who uses the building as his headquarters, The Raid: Redemption puts the Police Swat team against overwhelming, impossible odds.   To add the to the lunacy, the bad guys been tipped off and the battle is on.  Nothing, I mean nothing, is not used to beat the living bejeesus out of your opponent.   The action just never stops.

This is filled with first time actors and the plot is simple.  Go in, kick butt, survive, get the bad guy.   Impressively, the movie was made for only a little over a million dollars.

The music is another plus.   It adds a pounding pulse to the film, enhancing the action and has you sitting on the edge of your seat.   Also, the fight choreography is just outstanding.   The fights are incredibly well choreographed and the director had to work overtime on the shot selection and editing.  That alone is enough of a reason to enjoy the film.

4 starts – A Hitting a Mark Recommendation.