Last year’s brutal action flick The Raid was excellent for a variety of reasons. However, for my dollars-to-Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers, what was particularly excellent was the sparsity of its plot. There was no pretense about what the movie was. Thy just wound-up the macguffin and let people break each other’s skulls for two hours. Now we have news about the sequel to the movie, and it is taking place right after the conclusion of the original. Here is hoping that it continues the simple premise, “here are some enemies, punch them.”
I’m not playing around with silly accents, half-assed attempts at comedy and protracted self-deprecation this week. Hell no: I’m injecting this fact-stream straight into your cerebral cortex, just like you were Motoko Kusanagi. We’re all in the machine now and you need a games news hyperderm. I’m gonna give it to ya.
I was never into hardcore but my ex-girlfriend in college was. She was into all those bands with “blood” in their names and local Boston groups like Suicide File. I tolerated it – anything was better than Morrisey, her other love – and I even liked a few. My favorite parts were, of cours, the breakdowns. All of them. Any of them. Breakdowns make me want to do push-ups and bang a chick – at the same time! The Raid: Redemption is like a bunch of hardcore breakdowns strung together with some flimsy exposition thrown in between. I couldn’t care less what was going on in between the breakdowns – just fast forward the verses and get to the throwdowns.
One movie I’ve been hearing heaps of ridiculously positive buzz about for a year now is Gareth Huw Evans’ The Raid out of Indonesia. Everyone I know who has seen it had their faces blown off by it and I cannot wait until it’s gets a wide release later this year.
FYI: Evans’ previous Indonesian action flick Merantau is now available on Netflix Watch Instantly.