In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It is now a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner: a drug lord named Tama.
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In some aspects – especially sound/music, visual design and narrative structures - a very strong example for the influences of video games on action cinema. The martial arts sequences are excellent choreographed and - luckily! - lack the over-aestheticization we experience in other movies (like slow motion etc.). The succession of fast sequences and moments of calmness is well balanced.
It's arena concept means that it's limitations become it's key strengths as influences from John Woo to Chan-Wook mean this is a stylish, uber-violent and frenzied assault, choreographed and shot with such pinpoint accuracy and style that it delights over and over again. Is it one note? Unquestionably, but it's put together with such confident exuberance and energy; Evans' knows what he
wants and he pulls no punches.
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.
A film that seeks to restore the communal aspect of theater going. See "The Raid" with even a minimal amount of people at your screening and I guarantee no one will be texting or talking during it. Instead they'll be hollering, applauding, or gasping throughout the film's entire runtime - and you right along with them - as Gareth Evans and company deliver a stab of adrenaline straight to the viewer's heart.
The action bar has been raised to new levels with this non-stop kinetic roller coaster of a martial arts film. Shy on plot but so heavy on jaw dropping action. Three lead fighters are all magnificient and their final showdown rivals pretty much anything else. A wild ride well worth taking. And remember ....'have fun....". Three years later this is still an adrenaline rush...pumped for the sequel this coming wk.
Holy shit. Ok. Everyone who saw this "movie", we are all accessories after the fact now. We need to get our story straight. If anyone asks, that dude came at us with a machete and we did what we had to. I mean, we were in Detroit attending an autoshow. Shit. Shit. We're so fucked, there's no way we're getting out of this like that time we saw Blue Crush.
Cop-hero boxes bag, prostrates on carpet, prays. Then his wife, pregnant. Values are islam, courage, motherhood. My first muslim kung fu movie, there's a 1st time to everything. Machetes & fights quite something .== Le flic-héros boxe le sac, fait sa prière au tapis. Sa femme en cloque. On est dans l'islam, le courage, la maternité. Mon 1r kungfu muzz. Y a un début à tout. Dès la baston aux machettes, le film déchire