Years before the Internet we had to rely on magazines, (or if you lived in Britain a late night programme called Cinema, Cinema, Cinema), for all the latest news and trailers on films which would otherwise pass under your radar. But thanks to the web, movies like the one above, the Indonesian action-thriller The Raid, get the world-wide attention they truly deserve.
A lot of movie websites are heaping praise on this flick proclaiming it as one of the best action movies of the last ten years and to be fair that’s not surprising considering the film’s John Carpenteresque plot, which is so simple it’s amazing it hasn’t been thought of before:
Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
A police raid on a tower block full of gangsters. Genius!
(via Slash Film)