The old school Indonesian brawler The Raid: Redemption has been clearing a path to cult movie veneration ever since it first hit festivals last year. It won the Midnight Madness award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and then went on to earn another batch of wild praise from critics and fans alike at SXSW.
Helmed by Welsh director Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais, a twenty-nine-year-old up-and-coming Indonesian actor, The Raid: Redemption follows a SWAT team sent on a suicide raid of a massive Jakarta apartment complex that has become a hive for the city’ most dangerous criminals.
That’s pretty much it.
To our eyes, the buzz that’s currently swirling around The Raid mirrors the hype behind last year’s break-out cult film Attack the Block— which is another apartment complex based genre movie (weird). In reviews, The Raid has been touted as an exhausting, brutal, hyper-energetic, claustrophobic puzzle palace, that’s half John Woo, half John Carpenter—a cheap, raw, no frills actioner that’s light on pretense and heavy on punchin’.
Of course, Roger Ebert hated it and The New York Times called it monotonous—but, I mean, you can’t win them all.
So be sure to check out The Raid: Redemption before it gets remade and ruined. Because that’s happening, by the way.