I can't imagine how anyone is going to compete with the level of this film but the contenders must be out there. I look forward to seeing something try to surpass this.
Adrenalina pura per un'ora e mezza di azione selvaggia, con coltellate e colpi brutali che si sentono nelle ossa.Schizofrenico e claustrofobico: un palazzo fatiscente da espugnare, i buoni da una parte e i cattivi dall'altra. La storia dei due fratelli risulta assolutamente inutile.Combattimenti esagerati, con una durata forse eccessiva, ma con un montaggio e dei movimenti di camera notevoli.Action pura.3*
Not the worst movie I have ever seen, and there are some effective moments like the final fight or some of the scenes between the brothers, but it is mostly quite ugly, mean spirited, and not entertaining. I squirmed. When I watch a martial arts or action movie, I always hope I will have a good time. With The Raid, I felt uncomfortable; like someone dumped spiders down the back of my shirt.
Action with no characters to care for is action with no dramatic weight, with no consequences, and thus, is just action that you are not going to remember. Can you name at least 3 characters in this movie? Of course you can't, there are no human beings in the movie, just avatars running around and beating each other senseless. Again, action with nobody to care for is an exercise in pointless camera tricks.
I think to say the film gets repetitive, or criticize the plot is missing the point a little bit. As a straight forward action film, no other film in recent years comes close to matching the tension or fight choreography, especially not from Hollywood. Basically, it does what it says on the tin- and very well
A masterclass in action filmmaking. The editing, the camera moves, the choreography are so fucking good - I'd anticipated this so much that a letdown seemed inevitable. Nope. There's not a second of wasted screen time. The fights have weight and persistence uncommon even among the recent giants of martial arts cinema. Only black mark: the new score. Serviceable in the quiet bits, but not up to the task of intensity.
Excellently made movie... Only lacking alot of movie. What hurts The Raid most is that it doesn't have much character to it. There is no self-recognition in what the film is doing and it ultimately lacks alot of style, even with the fantastic choreography and gratuitous violence that the action genre desperately needs. In consummation, The Raid is a forgettable film. Go see Dredd 3D or Assault on Precinct 13 instead.
Some of that best martial arts sequences I've ever seen. That shot where the camera follows the fight through the new hole in the floor was genius.
It's rare that an action movie is worthy of the description, "breath-taking" but the final battle of this film left me open-mouthed and speechless. And a stray observation (to the already remarkable credit of writer/director/editor, Evans) is that not once was the 180 degree rule broken.
this movie set the new standard for asian action cinema in terms of everything. looking forward for contenders from Hong Kong or Thailand.
The choreography is amazing. Gareth Evans did a great job with the look of the film and making his actors seem like trained fighters. If you like action/martial arts movies, then watch this. It is non-stop action and violence for an hour and a half. The story isn't half bad, but there definitely isn't much substance to it. The main character has a little back story, but that's it. Blu-Ray has great special features.