Serbuan Maut | The Raid: Redemption
Writer/Editor/Director: Gareth Huw Evans
Action Choreographers: Iko Yuwais, Yayan Ruhian, Gareth Huw Evans
Music: Mike Shinoda, Joseph Trapanese
Cast includes: Iko Uwais (Rama), Donny Alamsyah (Andi), Ray Sahetapy (Tama Riyadi), Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog), Pierre Gruno (Lieutenant Wahyu), Joe Taslim (Sergeant Jaka), Tegar Satrya (Bowo), Eka “Piranha” Rahmadia (Dagu), Verdi Solaiman (Budi), Ananda George (Ari)
22 March 2012, Walter Reade Theater, NYC
A second collaboration of Welsh director Evans and Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat experts Iko Yuwais and Yayan Ruhian, The Raid “documents” a rookie police SWAT team raid on an impenetrable housing project deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums that has become a safe house for the city’s most dangerous murderers and gangsters under the watchful eye of a psychopathic crime-boss.
“We’re not here for good reasons,” one of the officers says, and sure enough, the mission has been leaked, and the rookie fighters find themselves massively outnumbered in a lethal game of cat and mouse with machete-wielding low-lifes, for 90 minutes of relentless and savage close-quarters shoot-outs and punishing martial-arts combat sequences. No redemption in sight, but terrific fight direction, art and sound design.
Update: US Distributor – Sony Pictures Classics (2012)