Sunday, April 22, 2012

Is The Raid: Redemption Badass?

Odds are if you're reading this you already know The Raid has been called the best action movie in years. This is not marketing hyperbole, it is the absolute truth. The plot is brilliant simplicity: A criminal has taken over an apartment building, and a S.W.A.T. team is ordered to clear out the building by any means necessary. What follows is roughly 100 minutes of exactly that, as we are treated to police fighting criminals. They fight with guns. They fight with batons. They fight with knives. They fight with batons and knives. They use marital arts. There's no old cop on the verge of retirement. There's no maverick out to do his own thing. There's no romantic subplot. There is fighting, and there is lots of it. The purity of The Raid is absolutely refreshing.

Is The Raid: Redemption Badass? After watching it twice tonight, I am convinced that it is the most Badass movie ever filmed.