Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Raid: Redemption

It's Christmas, so I'm automatically thinking of Die Hard.  But instead of rehashing what I love about that movie, I'd like to introduce you to another action flick set in a high-rise that has nothing to do with Christmas or Bruce Willis.

That movie is The Raid: Redemption, a brutal cops versus gangsters story from Indonesia.  There's not much to it: a SWAT team raids a high-rise occupied by a gang that's not afraid to fight back.  There's a whiff of a subplot about corrupt officials, but it's mostly just fighting.

Gun fights, knife fights, hand to hand battles.  Guys jumping out of windows and improvising explosives.  A kind of Indonesian Die Hard.

This scene gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.  Warning:  Not for the faint of heart.

These guys took it to another level. My favorite part is when he smashes a guy's skull down the wall, breaking the light and all the tiles.  Just boom, boom, boom, BAM.

This movie belongs in the canon of cinematic ultraviolence and will probably show up on "Top Ten Fight Scenes in Movies" lists until they stop making fight scenes in movies.

And my Christmas gift to you.  Merry Christmas.

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