This is a film that for the most part, lived up to what I was hoping it would be. Gareth Evan's The Raid wastes no time giving us plot points, or character development, opting instead to throw us us into this dangerous environment. The action is pretty much non-stop from beginning to end, but I think what surprised me the most about the film was the amount of suspense and tension which it is able to achieve in the quiet moments. There are two or three scenes in this film that are very tense and really stood out to me with the level of anxious energy they were able to elicit out of me. The fight choreography and stunts are exceptionally well done. The way it's all shot and choreographed really puts the viewer right in the middle of the action. I would argue that the knife play in Hong-jin Na's Yellow Sea is more violent and exciting than what The Raid provides, but that doesn't mean that this film wasn't a ton of fun. The story is rather by the numbers and some of the dramatic plot points, which are supposed to be shocking, come off as bland, uninispired and frankly unneccessary. That being said, if you are going to see this movie, you shouldn't care cause it delivers on a quick-paced, 100 minutes of ass-kickery.
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