100 movies: The Raid

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

The RaidThe Raid (25/11/12)

A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

The Raid is one serious action film. Seriously epic. The story is simple. SWAT team need to get to the top of a block of flats and along the way encounter, what is effectively, an army of guys whose one and only goal is to stop them.

It’s light on storyline but heavy on the action. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen action sequences choreographed quite like those in The Raid. Ridiculously tight and intense to watch. And they look like they HURT. Big time.

There are some excellent moments of very highly strung tension. Moments where everything goes deadly silent and you’re honestly not sure where the guys are going to burst out of! There’s a fair few horror films that could learn a thing or two about real tension from this film.

For a pure action film, it’s hard to beat The Raid. There’s a short set up and then you’re thrown straight into the action and you’ve got a pretty satisfying ending. The pacing is as tight as the action. You’re not left bored for a single second. Well, at least I wasn’t.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…