The Raid

We begin the movie with lots of cannon fodder.

The Raid

(2011)

Directed by Gareth Evans

Starring Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah

Rating: ******
              5/6

Meet Iko Uwais, the hero.

A SWAT team approaches an apartment building.
They try to move in with stealth.
Their target is an evil kingpin,
Who sells drugs as the source of his wealth.

They enter without any backup,
And once they are inside
They discover it’s all filled with criminals
And that there’s nowhere for them to hide.

This is the bad guy. He doesn’t need a name.

The drug boss tells all his tenants
That his enemies are at the police,
And that he wants them to disappear,
And hopefully become deceased.

Now the SWAT team is in trouble.
They’re surrounded by violent thugs.
They would have to fight for all they’re worth
To arrest a man who sells drugs.

That’s assuming they can survive
Long enough to accomplish that goal.
They might well run out of bullets
And the violence might take its toll,

A fight’s about to break out.

But what choice do they have fight to survive?
So battle is what they do.
They shoot and they stab and they maim and they trip,
And they tear people’s throats out, too.

Iko Uwais plays one of the cops.
He’s really the star of the show.
He uses an Indonesian martial art
Named Silat, and it’s not just for show.

This movie is brutal and vicious as well,
And each blow can be felt by the viewer.
It really is quite the adrenaline rush
To see both sides get slashed, shot, and skewered.

Iko decides to entertain us.

I’m giving this movie 5 out of 6
For its action and atypical look.
As compared to its box office draw,
It more than gave back what it took.

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