The Raid (2011)

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A tactical police unit assaults an apartment block under the control of a ruthless crime lord but soon finds itself out-manned, out-gunned and trapped.

The Raid is a blood spattered, bullet-riddled Thai action movie that is basically Die Hard Boiled. It takes a lot of its cues from 1980’s Hollywood action films and combines them with the kind of impressive stunt work and frenetically brutal fight sequences that you’d expect from modern Thai cinema. The plot and characterisation is a little simplistic but never strays too far into cloying sentimentality or dim-witted machismo and Gareth Evans’ direction make up for its lack of panache with vigorous efficiency.

This makes for a fast paced, action packed diversion that will never win any awards for originality, but passes the time inoffensively enough.

6/10

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