The Raid is a high-octane action movie. In some respects it is reminiscent of the martial arts films from circa 1980. An 18 certificate for a film nowadays is quite a rare beast. Presumably the risk of reducing the size of the target audience is sufficiently large to make film-makers err on the side of caution and not produce films that only adults would (in theory) be able to see. But my recollection of action films from eras gone by, is that there was less concern about such considerations and as a result, they were often bone-crunchingly violent and unapologetically so.
In many respects the 80’s was a simpler time. The ‘Goodies’ wore blue jeans and tight white t-shirts, the ‘Baddies’ wore black. Love interests were inevitably well-tanned, blond, big-haired and big-breasted. And that was just the men.
Anyway, if you like gritty martial arts movies then stop reading this now and just go and see The Raid. If you don’t like violent films there’s a fair chance you won’t enjoy it. The Raid is violent, but one could argue, it is not gratuitous violence given the subject matter: a group of policemen trying to take down an exceedingly dangerous criminal leader, who has his own private army of violent lemmings. Iko Uwais is brilliant as the protagonist, aptly playing the role of the no-nonsense hero.
The Raid is beautifully filmed and the fight sequences, of which there are many, are creative, varied and at times even balletic. I never realized that there were so many ingenuous ways for baddies to be done in. I do hope a Hollywood re-make won’t rear its ugly head in a few years’ time, e.g. starring Will Smith & son, set in the hood. Quel horreur. And they’d probably do a duet for the soundtrack. I hope I haven’t created a self-fulfilling prophecy…