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The Raid: Redemption = Plenty of fighting 

Indonesian action pic crammed with martial arts violence (for those who like that kind of thing)

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In this Indonesian action spectacle, an elite SWAT team storms a high-rise apartment building to rout out a bloodthirsty gang leader. Brutal, nonstop fighting follows suit. Welsh director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais showcase the traditional Indonesian martial art of Silat, a practice that demonstrates the voluminous number of flailing fists and elbows an opponent can be struck with in a few short seconds. Barely formed plots about estranged brothers and hidden agendas are sprinkled on, but The Raid really exists as a highlight reel for some tightly choreographed ultra-violence. Paper-thin characters means the unending carnage can become surprisingly boring. Thankfully, the filmmakers have the decency to spring some fresh new slaughter onscreen every time you feel like checking your watch.

The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut)
Rated R (MPAA) · 101 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.theraidmovie.com
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Producer: Ario Sagantoro
Cast: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian and Ray Sahetapy

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