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The Raid: Redemption (2012)


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 121
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 48,631


Movie Info

As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every every killer, gangster, and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team's fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength … More

Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Gareth Evans
In Theaters:
Aug 14, 2012
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Raid: Redemption

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (22) | DVD (2)

My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Top Critic

For now, count 'The Raid' alongside the likes of Peter Jackson's 'Bad Taste' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Mimic': a talented young filmmaker flexing his muscles, stating his intent, and promising better things in the future.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Top Critic

"The Raid: Redemption" is built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it's as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Hollywood is particularly unsuited to producing sensation cinema these days.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

You really have an obligation to see it to witness what has a legitimate claim of being the best action film of all time.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Gareth Huw Evans doesn't swipe plot points as much as organically build a taut, expertly choreographed heir to urban mayhem fantasies

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Action so relentless, the stuntmen probably asked for stuntmen.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

The movie "Dredd 3D" should have been.

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Hyped as one of the most thrilling and enjoyable action movies to come along in the last decade, this is one of the rare occasions where the hype is actually well deserved.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The Raid: Redemption is simply the best action movie of the last decade. Director Gareth Evans films the combat with a trained eye to maximize the intensity and entertainment.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
We Got This Covered

"The Raid: Redemption" will be most successful for people with A.D.D. or just generally short attention spans.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

This adrenaline-fuelled spectacle of flying fists, whirling kicks and spurting blood will leave you breathless, exhilarated and shouting for more.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

An electrifyingly kinetic and insanely frenetic action flick stacked with a level of violence at which the makers of Grand Theft Auto would marvel.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

"Clever" may not be the right word for The Raid: Redemption, but it's certainly economical, compact, and potent.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Common Sense Media

The rawest and most intense action spectacle we've seen from any country in years, but it fails to grasp the importance of balancing badassery with at least a little maturity.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

An unstoppable wrecking ball of an action film that signals the action genre is alive and well...

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Cinema Crazed

The Raid: Redemption boasts an outstanding showcase of martial arts and stuntwork. The story might be thin, and the fighting a little repetitive, but The Raid is a knockout low-budget actioner.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012

[T]his is undeniably kinetic and definitely the work of a filmmaker with incredible action chops.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012

Film critics across the world have been raving about The Raid but are they raving mad? It may be visually dazzling but ultimately is more like a bloodthirsty video game than a great movie.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012

That the action is vivid and for the most part, unrelenting, is indisputable, but the brain, consistently pummelled as it witnesses bloody orgy after bloody orgy, is undernourished in all other respects.

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
The Ooh Tray

An action movie so relentlessly exciting and brutal that watching it will leave you feeling black-and-blue and breathless.

Full Review… | May 21, 2012
Movie Talk

Evans, who's clearly an admirer of Walter Hill, John Woo, John Carpenter and John McTiernan, maintains a fierce pace that never lets up.

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Raid: Redemption

Whatever The Raid: Redemption lacks in story, it makes up for with the coolest fight scenes I have seen all year. A SWAT team in Jakarta raids an apartment that is run by a drug lord. We follow Rama, an officer whose brother happens to be one of the drug lord's henchmen. Unfortunately for the SWAT team, the drug lord knows they're coming and is ready for battle.
Writer, director, editor, and choreographer Garreth Evans could be the next best action film director. He has surrounded himself with actors/stuntmen who know what they're doing. He frames the action in many long takes so you can follow it and be blown away by the incredible martial arts on display.
Most films like this do not need a story to work if the action is good, but The Raid develops its characters enough so we care about their survival. There are unexpected plot twists that keep the story from being too predictable. And last but not least, Mike Shinoda's music score could not have been better utilized. The Raid is a great action picture.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


"The Raid: Redemption" has been hyped up to be "one of the greatest action films of all time," and I could not disagree more with that bold of a statement, but it sure does impress on many levels. It helms some of the best choreographed fight sequences in the last decade, and it's tender backstory, contrasting the over-the-top violence, make for a well-balanced film? The heart of the film many not have as big of an effect as it should toward the story, but it's emotional enough to love. I had an awesome time viewing this film, the action is breathtaking and the cinematography is great. It's not quite as good as it's hype, suggests and nowhere near one of the best of 2012, but it's awesome to watch.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


The story is predictable (as all action films come to be) but The Raid: Redemption is a grizzly-good motion picture that's quick and straight-to-the-action. A mere "Game of Death" with guns and swords, this film provides enough suspense, blood and thrilling action sequences to mix in with some of stylish direction from director Gareth Evans and alternative score from Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor). It's fast-paced and sure to satisfy any action movie-goer. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Inventive non-stop stunts. Not much of a plot.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer

The Raid: Redemption Quotes

Let's clean this city's mess!
– Submitted by Muhammad Yulian M (16 months ago)
Mad Dog:
Pulling the trigger is like ordering takeout...this is what its all about.
– Submitted by Leslie N (2 years ago)
Mad Dog:
Pulling the trigger is like ordering takeout...this is what its all about.
– Submitted by Leslie N (2 years ago)
Mad Dog:
This is the thing. This is the pulse, This. Is what I do.
– Submitted by Robert H (2 years ago)
That uniform suits on you!
– Submitted by Agustina B (2 years ago)
Mad Dog:
This is what I do.
– Submitted by berto J (2 years ago)

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