New To Blu: The Raid - Redemption
This film will put hair on your chest and it's without a doubt one of the best action films I've ever seen.
It's not perfect. It's not a masterpiece. It is, however, a must own for anyone calling themselves an action or martial arts fan. I thought Ip Man was gonna be the best martial arts film we'd see for another decade or more. I wouldn't say The Raid outshines it -- most certainly not -- but where Ip Man has a beautiful and moving story driving the incredible fight scenes, The Raid employs a far more intensely brutal and relentless execution that makes it difficult to keep your jaw from dropping. I challenge you to not squeal with morbid cheer at the suddenness of several of the fatal executions.
Like Black Hawk Down, The Raid has a very basic simple-mission-gone-horribly-wrong theme that focuses on a specific group in a specific setting. The plot is very simple, maybe even formulaic, but strong. The acting isn't remarkable, but it's performed with conviction and, most importantly, the motivations are believable and helps pad the violence with satisfaction.
My only significant complaint is that two of the later fight scenes don't feature the same slathering of violent surprises that peppered the previous segments. In other words, the fights went from exceptional to pretty damn good. Or maybe I was just getting numb to the unyielding viciousness of it all...?
The Raid is unquestionably a must buy. This is the film you watch on a big ass TV with all your friends and an endless supply of chips and beer. It comes out on blu-ray August 14th. Don't think twice. Take your wallet to the store and pick it up. Your manhood will thank you.