The Raid: I Give “A-” (only) For Action Part


The Raid: Redemption (Gareth Evans, 2011)

I saw this spectacular action film yesterday with my friends. After getting some appreciation from international audience, (of course) I had some high expectation about this one. For the FIRST time of my life, I went to Cinema for INDONESIAN film. Actually, it’s worth enough.

I am a big fans of action film with full of violence, such as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. This is almost brutally sadistic. I enjoyed it. I give A minus for its action. It is a Pencak Silat from Indonesia.

Why is there minus? I think we all agree that the power of this film is the fight choreography. Good job for Yayan Ruhian and Iko Uwais. They could be the next Yuen Woo Ping (Kill Bill) and Jeff Imada (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hanna). All fight scene is my favorite. Kind of unpredictable. It’s supported by great sound and score by Aria Prayogi and Fajar Yuskemal. The score made my adrenalin release continually. But to be honest, I expected some long sequences of fighting (without cutting it) at least for 3 minutes, just like Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy (2003). Those guys look well trained. I think they can do that. And it would be more stupendous. That would make this become best action film in years.

One more thing about action part, it will look more interesting if there are some women who take apart there (who can fight too exactly).

Unfortunately, if the action part and sound look promising, the other doesn’t. The basic story is lame. It’s just me or not, I don’t know, I always wonder: Does every police (junior position) always obey and do every order without asking more information first about it? I think they know with whom they will face. Just 20 cops?? Oh come on, to save some demonstration activity, it needs at least 30-50 cops. They said it’s not mission of humanity, didn’t they?

About the performance. Most people said that Iko Uwais is the star of this film. I don’t think so. Doni Alamsyah is. Iko is an expert of Pencak Silat, but he needs to practice in acting more and more. It really disturbed me about any dialogue what he said. Some pronunciations and accent made my ear uncomfortable. Of course, the international audiences don’t realize it, but for Indonesian, It looks funny, even silly.

Doni Alamsyah made this film looks better. He just knows what to do.

Overall, if you’re looking for some action film, just watch this one. Going to cinema will be better. I’ll guarantee you’ll enjoy all sequence of fighting with great sound mixing and score. If not now, when will you see some good action film again from Indonesia?

–HW (7.8/10)–

6 thoughts on “The Raid: I Give “A-” (only) For Action Part

  1. habis liat the raid,liat efekny dan tarungnya hebat,sudah bukan level indonesia lagi,bisa dibandingkan dengan negara ASIA lainnya,tapi ya gitu film ini fungsinya cuman satu,ACTION!
    klo film2 bagus kan kerasa banget menggema di hati,
    klo pendapatku pribadi,
    segi cerita tingkat SD dan sangat mudah ditebak,
    segi karakter,ya meskipun ditutupi sama special efek dan pengambilan gambar yg ciamik tetep kelas teri,hanya sedikit sekali adegan yg ngena sama mimik karakter
    seharusnya karakter musuh masih sangat mungkin digali,jadi ini hanya menggambarkan sekumpulan musuh yg ga punya kepribadian,klo di game namanya NPC [non playable character]
    klo polisinya?juga sama krng ada personality ny,cuman menanamkan sosok polisi gagah membawa senjata,very common…
    dari segi intermezo juga g ada,kasi la tengkar lucu dikit ala jackie chan,ato karakter musuh yg konyol,jgn cuman cerita itu dibawa naik terus,kasih ak waktu buat mencerna pertempuran ==> masukkan masa lalu
    kasi ak waktu buat menetralisir bunyi dentingan tembakan ==> masukkan alasan & dorongan knp polisi yg tua berubah jahat,sepenggal pertama cerita,sepenggal ditengah,dan klimaksny waktu dy nembak sesama polisi,

    the point is jika kalian cuman pengen liat org tarung dan tembak2an membabi buta dari awal sampe akhir,tanpa perduli apa itu karakter apa itu cerita monggo liat film ini ak yakin kalian senang,
    tapi klo kamu pengen film yg berkualitas dari keseluruhan segi,jangan nonton,

    over all,give a big applaus for quality indonesian movies,saya kagum sama hasil karya kalian,ini ketiga kali ak liat film indonesia di bioskop,moga2 industri film di indonesia memberikan saya lbh banyak alasan utk datang ke bioskop tanah air dan menonton film tanah air.

  2. Kurang lebih q setuju dengan pendapatmu Ndra. Film ini memang lbh fokus ke action, mengesampingkan hal basic yg sharusx ada dalam sebuah film, yaitu plot dan akting.
    Semoga sekuelx bisa lbh baik.

    Btw,2 film indo yg km tonton di bioskop apa aja Ndra?

  3. laskar pelangi sama serigala terakhir,klo laskar pelangi ak g bakal komen apa2,bagus semuanya!! klo serigala terakhir ak suka bagaimana mereka mempoles karakter gangster cina,A.K.A. triad dalam sentuhan filmny,klo masalah kostum ak acungin jempol itu film,
    wes dua itu tok,
    tau gitu km suka film bagus dari dulu kita ngobrol film hen,

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