Archive of films Raid: Redemption / Serbuan Maut

2011, 100 min

Section: Midnight Screenings
Year: 2012

An unsuccessful raid on a mafia boss leaves a police commando cut off on the ground floor of his impenetrable residence. The survivors are going to have to fight their way through ten floors packed to the gills with armed thugs. It’s no time for strategy: guns, machetes, and martial arts speak eloquently enough.


A special police unit is assigned the task of penetrating a closely guarded apartment building in the slums of Jakarta and arresting the drug lord who occupies the top floor. The team is soon betrayed, however, and the laconic boss uses the intercom to issue his orders: any tenant who helps kill the police will live rent-free forever. The small group that survives the ensuing bloodbath has only one choice: to keep advancing higher, the only direction that offers a chance of survival. What follows the obligatory set-up makes this movie one of the best action flicks of the last decade: explicit adrenaline-fueled action with elaborate choreography and the brutal poetry of violence in a dynamically filmed battle that pushes the boundaries of the physically possible and exceeds every imagined limit Asian film has ever set itself. Lead character Officer Rama (portrayed by Iko Uwais, who demonstrated his talents in the director’s 2009 film Merantau) must fight his way to the very top of the criminal chain of command using anything and everything he can lay his hands on.

About the director

Gareth Huw Evans

Gareth Huw Evans (b. 1985, Hirwaun, Wales), screenwriter and director, started out in 2003 with the short film Samurai Monogatari, in which he cast Japanese students attending Cardiff University. In that same year he graduated with a master’s in film and TV scriptwriting from the University of Glamorgan, and in 2006 he debuted with the self-penned feature Footsteps. For his 2009 movie Merantau, he discovered actor Iko Uwais, a master of the traditional Indonesian martial art Silat, which Uwais once again put to good use in The Raid: Redemption. The director is currently working on a sequel entitled Berandal, the second installment of a planned trilogy.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Midnight Screenings
Director: Gareth Huw Evans
Screenplay: Gareth Huw Evans
Dir. of Photography: Matt Flannery
Music: Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi
Editor: Gareth Huw Evans
Producer: Ario Sagantoro
Production: PT Marantau Films
Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah
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