Thought I’d give Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts hit another watch. What a crazy thrill-ride this is; end-to-end action.
Last time I found the end to drag a little and my opinion hasn’t really changed. However, what’s surprising is just how fresh and original The Raid feels even on second viewing. Even when you know what’s coming, this is a well-executed and tense piece of work.
Evans is a little transparent when he tries to introduce some stakes to the story, but anything resembling cruft quickly takes a back seat to what a is a truly awesome series of action scenes.