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SXSW Nerdlocker Report: Movie Review – The Raid: Redemption

I think I am in love. The Raid: Redemption is the best action movie I have seen in years. I want to say take Assault on Precinct 13 and put it in a blender with The Matrix, and you’ve got this flick, but the movie is its own thing, so a comparison is meaningless. You know that feeling you get when you first see an insanely violent movie like Saving Private Ryan? Yeah, I got that feeling with this movie. The action was just so visceral that it felt real. The movie had a very low budget (around $1 million), but they made it all work.

Some action movies do just one thing really well. You’ve got your martial arts movies that have pretty decent hand-to-hand fighting, and you’ve got your shooter movies that do shooting real well. The Raid does both really, really well. One thing that makes the action scenes in the movie work so well is the music. You’ve got two composers working with the film: Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese. Mike Shinoda might sound familiar because he was one of the guys behind that band Linkin Park. Joseph Trapanese has worked on various projects including Dexter and the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy. In any case, these two guys worked together to make an intense soundtrack for the film that made the action sequences nail-biting.

The composers of The Raid: Redemption: Joe Trapanese and Mike Shinoda

The pacing of the movie never lets up, so there’s always something going on. I never felt bored in the entire movie. Even though this movie is a straight-up action flick, there is a story behind it. The movie is paced so well that the story is integrated with the movement. I have read reports that an American remake of the movie is in the works, but I urge you not to watch that. Watch this one. And do it sooner rather than later.

I easily give this film 5/5 Nerdskulls. I wish I could give it a higher rating. It’s just that good. Anyway, I’m trying not to say too much about this movie because it would spoil it. This movie is groundbreaking. Just watch it.