The Raid: Redemption

Completely crazy-violent action thriller about an elite police squad tasked to raid a 15-story building filled with killers and thieves and overseen by a powerful crime lord. The body count on both sides quickly rises, and once everybody runs out of bullets, it's time to break out the machetes and the hyperactive martial arts fights.

Imagine the revolutionary Hong Kong action films of twenty years ago scoured with third world grit and gruesomeness, and you'll get some idea of what you're in for.

The Raid: Redemption, despite a title so silly that it almost seems like a parody, works not only because of the over-the-top mayhem but because it's really quite earnest storytelling. Although the extended fight scenes can get to be a little wearying, there is still a rather old-fashioned sense of honor that lurks at the heart of the story.

Writer/director/editor Gareth Evans, a Welshman, may seem like an unlikely helmer for a film like this, but he clearly knows what he's doing. This isn't for everybody, but for those who enjoy good bloody fun once in a while, The Raid: Redemption delivers.