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The Raid: Redemption
A police officer standing at the base of a high rise building
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gareth Evans
Produced by Ario Sagantoro
Written by Gareth Evans
Starring
Music by Fajar Yuskemal
Aria Prayogi (Celluloid Nightmares release)[1][2]
Mike Shinoda
Joseph Trapanese (Sony Pictures Classics release)
Cinematography Matt Flannery
Dimas Imam Subhono
Editing by Gareth Evans
Studio PT. Merantau Films
XYZ Films
Distributed by Celluloid Nightmares (Worldwide)
Sony Pictures Classics
Stage 6 Films
(North America)[3]
Release dates
  • 8 September 2011 (2011-09-08) (TIFF)
  • 20 January 2012 (2012-01-20) (Sundance)
  • 23 March 2012 (2012-03-23) (United States & Indonesia)
Running time 101 minutes[4]
Country Indonesia
Language Indonesian
Budget $1.1 million[5][6][7]
Box office
  • $4,105,187 (US)[8]
  • $15 million (Global)[9]

The Raid: Redemption (Indonesian: Serbuan Maut, meaning "The Deadly Raid"; also known as just The Raid) is a 2011[10] Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. This is the second collaboration of Evans and Uwais after their first action film, Merantau, released in 2009. Both films showcase the traditional Indonesian martial art pencak silat, with fight choreography by Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, who also worked on Merantau. The U.S. release of the film features music by Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese.

After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Raid received positive reviews from critics.[11][12][13] The name of the film was changed to The Raid: Redemption in the United States because the distributor company Sony Pictures Classics could not secure the rights to the title; this also allowed Evans to plan out future titles in the series.[14][15] It was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 14 August 2012.[16]

Plot[edit]

At an apartment block in Jakarta's slums, a 20-man elite police squad arrives undetected, including rookie Officer Rama, Sergeant Jaka, and Lieutenant Wahyu. The team intends to kill crime lord Tama Riyadi, who owns the block and lets criminals around the city rent rooms under his protection. After the team sweeps the first floors and subdues various criminal tenants, they temporarily detain an innocent tenant delivering medicine to his sick wife. Continuing undetected to the sixth floor, the team is spotted by a young lookout, who raises the alarm before he is shot and killed by Wahyu.

Tama calls in reinforcements, who successfully kill and maim a majority of the police. Cutting the lights, Tama announces over the PA system that the police are trapped on the sixth floor stairwell, and he will grant free permanent residence to those who kill the intruders. In the darkness, the team is soon ambushed by shooters from above and behind, and Jaka learns from Wahyu that the mission is not officially sanctioned by the force; nobody knows their location and no backup or reinforcements will arrive. Fleeing into an empty apartment, Bowo is shot and injured. To save him, Rama improvises an explosion that kills the pursuing tenants. With more antagonists approaching, the team splits into two groups covertly: Jaka, Wahyu, and Dagu retreat to the fifth floor, while Rama and Bowo ascend to the seventh.

Fighting their way to the apartment of the tenant they earlier released, Rama and Bowo plead with him to help them; although his sick wife urges him to not get involved, he reluctantly agrees and hides the officers in a secret passage. A gang arrives and ransacks the man's apartment, but when they fail to find Rama and Bowo, they eventually leave. After giving medical attention to Bowo, Rama leaves him with the couple to search for Jaka's team, only to be captured by Andi, Tama's right hand man. It is then revealed that Rama and Andi are estranged brothers, and that Rama signed up for the mission to search for Andi and convince him to return home, at the urging of their father.

Concurrently, Jaka and his group are found by Mad Dog, Tama's ruthless henchman. Wahyu flees, and Jaka orders Dagu to follow Wahyu. Mad Dog captures Jaka, but, instead of shooting Jaka, Mad Dog challenges him to hand-to-hand combat. After Mad Dog defeats and kills Jaka, he drags the corpse to an elevator. Andi tells Rama to wait before leaving and meets up with Mad Dog. However, Tama has seen Andi talk to Rama on the numerous hidden cameras in the building. Realizing Andi's betrayal when he didn't return with a corpse, Tama stabs Andi in the hand and turns him over to Mad Dog.

Rama regroups with Wahyu and Dagu, who go on to fight through a narcotics lab, and they head for Tama on the 15th floor. Rama, finding Andi being beaten by Mad Dog, separates from Wahyu and Dagu to save him. Mad Dog allows him to free Andi and fights both brothers simultaneously. Initially Mad Dog has the upper hand, but after an intense and grueling battle, he is eventually overpowered and killed by the duo.

Meanwhile, Wahyu and Dagu confront Tama, only for Wahyu to betray and kill Dagu. Wahyu takes Tama hostage with the intention of using him to escape, but Tama taunts Wahyu by revealing that Tama has been waiting for the team before the events of the movie began and Wahyu was set up by his corrupt higher-ups; even if Wahyu escapes, he will be killed later. Wahyu kills Tama and attempts suicide, only to find that he has no bullets left.

Andi uses his influence over the tenants to allow Rama to leave with Bowo and a detained Wahyu. The tenant watches from a window and grins with delight. Andi also hands over numerous blackmail recordings Tama made of corrupt officers taking bribes, hoping that Rama can use them to his benefit. Rama asks Andi to come home, but Andi refuses, due to his acclimation to his criminal lifestyle. Before Rama leaves, Andi asserts he can protect Rama in his role as a criminal boss, but that Rama could not do the same for him.

Andi turns around and walks back to the apartment block with a grin that breaks into a wide-smile, whilst Rama, with Wahyu and an injured Bowo, exits to an uncertain future.

Cast[edit]

  • Iko Uwais as Rama
  • Donny Alamsyah as Andi
  • Ray Sahetapy as Tama Riyadi
  • Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog
  • Pierre Gruno as Lieutenant Wahyu
  • Joe Taslim as Sergeant Jaka
  • Tegar Satrya as Bowo
  • Eka "Piranha" Rahmadia as Dagu
  • Verdi Solaiman as Budi
  • Ananda George as Ari

Production[edit]

Following Merantau, Gareth Evans and his producers began work on a silat movie project called Berandal (Indonesian for "thugs"), a large scale prison gang movie intended to star not only Merantau actors Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian but also an additional pair of international fight stars. A teaser trailer was shot, but the project proved more complex and time consuming than anticipated.[17] After a year and a half, Evans and the producers found themselves with insufficient funds to produce Berandal, so they changed to a simpler but different story with a smaller budget. They called the project Serbuan Maut (The Raid).[18] Producer Ario Sagantoro considers the film to be lighter than Merantau. Gareth Evans also considers it to be "a lot more streamlined," stating that "Merantau is more of a drama" while The Raid is more of a "survival horror film."[19]

Pre-production took about four months, which include finalization of the script (which included translation of the original English-language script into Indonesian) and the work on the choreography for fighting sequence which was designed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian.[20] The actors that make up the key members of the police squad were sent to bootcamp military training with KOPASKA, where they learned how to use weapons, and how to perform strategic attack and defense techniques.[21] Filming began in March 2011.[22] The Raid was shot with a Panasonic AF100.[23]

All guns used in the film were Airsoft replicas to avoid the costs associated with having to do with firearms. All the shots of the guns actions cycling, muzzle flashes and casings ejecting were added digitally.

Music[edit]

While the film was still in production, in May 2011, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the distribution rights of the film for the U.S. and tasked Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese to create a new score for U.S. market.[24][25] The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival with the original score from the Indonesian version which was composed by Aria Prayogi and Fajar Yuskemal, who also composed Evans's previous film, Merantau. The Raid made its debut in the U.S. with Trapanese and Shinoda's version at Sundance 2012.[26]

On his blog, Shinoda stated that his score was over 50 minutes and almost all instrumental. After film production, he had room for two more songs, but did not want to sing or rap, so he posted pictures of two music artists.[27] Deftones/††† frontman Chino Moreno guest performed for "RAZORS.OUT", which was leaked online on 16 March 2012.[28] GBC performed on "SUICIDE MUSIC".[29]

All songs written and composed by Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Prayers"     1:44
2. "Gear Up"     3:58
3. "The Arrival"     1:55
4. "We Have Company"     4:51
5. "We're Alone Here"     1:45
6. "Quaking Old Fuck"     0:47
7. "Hole Drop"     4:22
8. "Moving Up, Part 1"     6:19
9. "Moving Up, Part 2"     3:09
10. "Trapped"     2:27
11. "Close Shave"     2:32
12. "One Way Out"     1:49
13. "Machete Standoff"     4:37
14. "Rama's Family Dream"     1:15
15. "Chair Slam"     1:17
16. "Dirty Cop"     1:02
17. "Jaka Caught"     0:32
18. "Dog Fight"     2:56
19. "Uncle Andi"     2:28
20. "Dead Already"     1:01
21. "Drug Lab"     3:45
22. "Andi Strung Up"     2:34
23. "Putting A Mad Dog Down"     7:05
24. "Misfire"     2:20
25. "RAZORS.OUT (feat. Chino Moreno)"   Mike Shinoda, Chino Moreno 4:34
26. "SUICIDE MUSIC (feat. Get Busy Committee)"   Mike Shinoda, Chad Bromley, Ryan Manginn, Elijiah Molina 3:44

Release[edit]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the distribution rights of the film for the U.S., and revised the music score and had the title changed to The Raid: Redemption. Distribution rights for other countries have also sold, including Alliance (Canada), Momentum (United Kingdom), Madman (Australia), SND (France), Kadokawa (Japan), Koch (Germany), HGC (China), and Calinos (Turkey).[30] Deals were also made with distributors from Russia, Scandinavia, Benelux, Iceland, Italy, Latin America, Korea and India during the film screening at the TIFF.[31]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Reviews have been highly positive. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 85% based on reviews from 143 critics, with an average score of 7.6/10. The website's consensus was "No frills and all thrills," and lauded the film as "inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment."[32]

Roger Ebert gave the film a single star out of four; he criticized the lack of character depth, and noted that "the Welsh director, Gareth Evans, knows there's a fanboy audience for his formula, in which special effects amp up the mayhem in senseless carnage."[33] Ebert was himself criticized for this assessment of the film, and he later published a defense of his review.[34]

Box office[edit]

In its Sony Pictures Classics debut in the United States and Canada on 23–25 March 2012, The Raid: Redemption grossed $220,937 from 24 theaters for a location average of $15,781.[35] For its widest opening release weekend in the United States and Canada on 13–15 April 2012, the film grossed $961,454 from 881 theaters, and ranked 11th overall.[8][36] In the United Kingdom, the film grossed $660,910 on its opening weekend.[8] In Indonesia, approximately 250,000 people watched the film in the first four days of release, and it was considered a great turnout for a country that only has about 660 theater screens nationwide.[37] As of 8 July 2012, the film has grossed $4,105,123 in the United States and Canada.[8] The film grossed approximately $15M in global box office.[9]

Awards[edit]

American remake[edit]

A few months after Sony acquired the film's North American distribution rights, it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter that its subsidiary company, Screen Gems, is in negotiations to produce a Hollywood remake.[43] The deal was completed in November 2011 with writer-director Gareth Evans serving as an executive producer of the remake. XYZ Films, executive producers on the original Indonesian version, will be producers on the American version.[44] Screen Gems also wants the same choreographers from The Raid involved with the remake.[20] On February 21, 2014, the studio has picked Patrick Hughes to direct the remake.[45] On February 22, 2014, reports are saying that both Chris and Liam Hemsworth are being eyed for roles by the studio.[46]

Sequel[edit]

While developing The Raid in script form, Evans started to toy around with the idea of creating a link between it and the initial project; Berandal. It has been later confirmed that Berandal will serve as a sequel to The Raid.[47][48] Evans has also stated his intention to make a trilogy.[49]

Sony has pre-bought U.S., Latin American and Spanish rights to the sequel. Alliance/Momentum has pre-bought for the United Kingdom and Canada; Koch Media has acquired the film for German speaking territories; Korea Screen has pre-bought Korea; and HGC has pre-bought China. Deals for other major territories are also in negotiations.[50]

Tentatively titled Berandal for the Indonesian market and as The Raid: Retaliation for U.S. market, the sequel is planned to have a "significantly larger" budget than its predecessor, and its shooting schedule is to include approximately 100 days of physical production.[51] The pre-production was expected to begin in September 2012 while the filming was expected in January 2013.[52][53]

Other media[edit]

A comic book based on The Raid was released on 21 May 2012. A stop-motion sixty second video depicting the plot of The Raid using cats made out of clay made by Lee Hardcastle was included in the special features disk. [54]

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