Rating (3 out of 5)
A well executed tower action flick describes The Raid: Redemption. I didn’t know “Tower Action” would become its own genre, but I have seen so many now, it must be true. Warning, this is a non-stop action/martial arts film, so if you don’t enjoy bodies flying around non-stop, then this isn’t for you.
Plot: An elite police force enters an apartment building run by a gangster to arrest him. The building is occupied and operated by criminals and the raid goes horribly wrong and Rama (Iko Uwais) must help the remaining survivors get out.
What I Liked: The fight scenes are well choreographed. I especially enjoyed the battle in the hallway when Rama was trying to get to safety with one of his fellow policemen.
There was a scene where Rama is trapped behind a wall and one of the bad guys is pushing his sword through the wall checking for people hiding. This was a nice way to add tension without adding another fight scene and I appreciated the rest.
What I Didn’t Like: They tried to setup a plot at the beginning of the film to show Rama and his wife. Don’t know if I needed a detailed plot.
The fight scene between the two brothers (Rama and Rama’s brother who is one of the criminals) against Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) while well choreographed was too long and they all took way too many blows to keep going.
Conclusion: A well done tower action movie that is worth watching if you like a martial arts film, but don’t go out of your way to watch it.