Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Raid: Redemption (2012) (Serbuan Maut) Movie Review

This show was first release in 2011 but was only recently released here in Malaysia. Heck, I don't even see it being released here, even though I did manage to watch it through a special screening.

I must admit, I've never heard of this movie before and didn't know what to expect from the title. Although it's an Indonesian film, the one I saw was dubbed in English which makes the conversations rather comedic.

The show was about a group of SWAT team which is led by Sergeant Jaka & Lieutenant Wahyu. But the protagonist of the movie is actually the rookie officer who's an expecting father named Rama.

The mission of the team is to crackdown on an infamous underground drug lord that reigns over Jakarta in an apartment building where he's king of the territory. The SWAT team was supposed to infiltrate the building, take him out or detain him into custody and get out. Although the mission may sound simple, yet the domain territory that he rules over has a massive enough army to keep any enemy at bay. Hence, the need for subterfuge to go in.

The beginning part seemed to go very well but they were unaware that they were under the watchful eyes of the drug lord who's seeing it through camera surveillance monitors. In the end, when the SWAT team failed to pacify an informant from sounding the alarm and alert the others, all hell broke lose. Heavy firearms were brought in to the war for those in the building and those that were outside or are visible from the windows were taken out by 2 snipers on the adjacent building.

Being all alone with a small army and no way to get backup, the SWAT team now changed their mission to get out alive.

The movie tries to do a Quentin Tarantino style of film where the blood fest was overflowing in gore factor and in combination of fighting moves to level with kung fu style movies. I've never seen an Indonesian movie before in my life but this one although may be close to those style of films but yet it's still a long way to progress to that level. I feel that the simple storyline can do better with more plotlines and although I do like watching the actions, the hand to hand combat sometimes just doesn't look believable enough.

There's also a lot of illogical moves which I can't comprehend like why there's no more heavy artillery when the movie progresses later on? And for a drug lord to have surveillance at a run down building couldn't make a more fortress like defense for himself at his place? Aside from the comedic conversations due to the dubbing it's still quite an entertaining watch if you just forget about the logic moves and just wanna see some action and some gore fest ala Kill Bill style. I'm rating this 3.5 stars out of 5.


Tiar said...

I believe the version you've seen is the one that has been cut about 30-40% of the fight and gory scenes. I have seen that version once, and I have seen the original uncut version 3 times.Totally different experience. While the original uncut version is really thrilling, shocking, jaw-dropping and put my emotion in a roller coaster mode, the English dubbed censored version is boring.

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Thanks for the insight, Tiar.