Gareth Evans’ brutal fight flick, The Raid, was an astonishing film that blew the minds of movie fans last year. If you managed to catch this film at the cinema, then you will remember that every punch, kick and attack with a lethal weapon was felt and experienced like no other fight film ever before. Having bought the film on Blu-ray, I have watched the extensive ‘making of’ and, like most making of videos will do, it has not taken away any of the films shock factor.
The fight scenes and, more importantly, death scenes in this stunning film lose non of their power once you have seen how they were put together. The film is littered with brutal and brilliant fight scenes that kick off less than ten minutes in, and never let up. It was very difficult to pick a favourite death from this film as there are so many, so instead I went for what came up first on Youtube, and thankfully, one of the first clips to appear was actually one of my top choices, the door frame impaling scene!
Yes the refrigerator madness is insane, and the man landing on his back on a wall and bending in half is awesome, and agreed that the fight with Mad Dog is utterly chilling, and the constant use of machetes, guns and knives are massively unsettling, but thankfully one of the most amazing deaths not only in The Raid, but in any film ever, is in the following clip. Have you seen the Raid? If your answer is no, then best you bugger off, watch it and come back, you silly person!
If you have seen it, then you know how jaw droppingly awesome the film is, and you will be as excited as I am for the sequel. However, let’s focus on the task at hand, The Raid: a simple film of cops taking on crooks in a block of flats run by the bad-guy. Cops enter, things go wrong, and only one man has the skills to fight off the criminals. Say hello to new Brce Lee, Iko Uwais who plays Rama, and try to breath as he takes on the criminals in a blistering display of ulta violence.
The scene in question here see’s Rama take on four criminals in one of many big fight spectacles. Any sane person would run, but with nowhere to go, Rama turns, faces his adversaries and fights. It is a shocking, brutal and vicious display of fighting skills and all out brutality. Rama takes on his foes, and quite literally destroys them with inch perfect precision in a gratuitous and shocking display of violence with the intent to kill. Rama achieves his goals, and while we see him literally savage his attackers, it is the final display of shocking, brutal violence that will stay with you. Watch how Rama throws one guy through a wooden door, exposing the door frame, and then using said door frame as a weapon. Shocking, savage and brutal stuff. Watch the awesome video below, and check out my review of the stunning film here.
Directed by Gareth Evans (Merantau), The Raid: Redemption stars Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy.
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Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Director Gareth Evans (Merantau) and rising martial- arts star Iko Uwais reunite in this adrenaline-fueled action film.