Re-Watch: Serbuan maut [The Raid] (2011)

Serbuan maut
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Verdi Solaiman
[Here’s my first review.]

Rama (Iko Uwais) is a young police officer whose unit is going on a raid of an appartment building that is firmly under control of the gangster Tama (Ray Sahetapy) and filled with his armed to the teeth henchmen. At first things seem to go rather well and the first few floors are taken without much of a fuzz. But then the alarm gets raised and the shit hits the fan.

When they showed The Raid as the surprise film at the /slash a few years ago, I was unprepared. I hadn’t heard about the film before and I got an action masterpiece. But it’s easy to surpass expectations when there are none and everything is new. So I was worried that it might not hold up to a second screening. But I need not have worried. No matter how many times you see it, it is a fantastic film.


I had forgotten some of the things in this film, but some scenes are burned into my memory, especially some of the fight moves. They are just that awesome. They are that good that I would like to go through them in slow motion, step by step. Beautifully executed and wonderfully set in scene.

The constraints the film and the story are under (which I think were mostly due to budget reasons), also very much work in the film’s favor. Or better yet, Evans works them to the film’s favor, using the limited setting to concentrate the tension.

The-Raid1Iko Uwais is a great lead. Not only has he got the fighting down, he also provides a good anchor for the story. But this time round I was more caught up in Jaka’s (Joe Taslim) storyline though. I don’t think I cared for him as much when I saw it the first time.

Generally on re-watching I was just much busier with the story and the characters than with the action scenes, which meant that I also didn’t mind the shaky cam as much anymore this time, though I’m still not a fan. I wonder what I’ll see next time I watch it.


Summarizing: Hells to the yes. Anytime.


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