One does wonder why Hollywood action movies are so popular across the globe when it possibly produces the most mediocre kind of action films. When you look at some of the foreign films, they pack a powerful punch and are better than most of the junk that Hollywood produces in the name of action. ‘The Raid’ (Also known as ‘The Raid: Redemption’), an Indonesian film released in 2011, is one such foreign film. The quality and intensity of the action sequences in this film is unmatched by any other. Let’s have a look at what makes this film stand out from the rest.
10. Breathtaking Visuals
The entire film is set in a single building. Director Gareth Evans has done remarkably well at using this small setting to his advantage with paranoia inducing shots, unnerving camera movements and spectacular continuity. The audience is thrown into first person for the majority portion of the film and finds themselves in some sort of virtual reality experience out of a video game. The camera angles during the hardcore and bloody fights makes incites all kinds of responses from the audience, making them scream, sigh and yell together. The cinematography of the film is definitely something to marvel at, the actors look and sound like they’re really going at it in full-contact and it really looks and sounds like they’re getting hurt.
9. The ‘Survivalist’ Atmosphere
The entire film is based on people trapped in a building filled with ‘villains’ and how they are forced to play a game of survive or die. A concept which has been used in a number of films, this film is the perfection of that very concept. While the film ‘Die Hard’ popularised the single building setting, ‘The Raid’ can be credited with inspiring films like ‘Dredd’ which followed a similar concept. After watching ‘The Raid’ most of the other Hollywood action films seem like child’s play. ‘When there’s nowhere left to run or hide…You fight or die.’ A chilling film tagline which sums up the whole story.