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SXSW '12! Nordling Says THE RAID: REDEMPTION Is One Of The Greatest Action Movies Ever Made!

Nordling here.

DIE HARD.

HARD BOILED.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

Call it hyperbole if you want.  I've seen it.  I've seeing it again tonight.  I'm seeing it at a film festival, and if I was the responsible critic I'm supposed to be, I'd be watching a movie I haven't seen before so I can write about it.  But I can't.  The pull is too great, the need to get that adrenaline fix is too strong, and as a film fan I am compelled to share that greatness with that pumped as hell Paramount audience.  Even now as I write this, the power that THE RAID: REDEMPTION has over me is overwhelming.

DIE HARD.

HARD BOILED.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

The premise is simple.  Rama (Iko Uwais, who helped choreograph the film's jawdropping action sequences) is a rookie cop with a pregnant wife and an elder father at home.  Before he leaves for the day, on a mission that will surely cost lives, he tells the old man, simply, "I'll bring him back."  This team of elite and rookie cops make their way to a 30 story tenement building, ruled with an iron fist by crime lord Tama (Ray Sahetaphy), with his right hand men Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian), a man so fierce he prefers to get in close to his kills, and Andi (Doni Alamsyah) who is something of a numbers man.  

But once the cops infiltrate the building, someone alerts Tama about the impending raid, and his forces manage to cut the team off with no chance of escape.  If Rama ever hopes to see his family again, he must try to fight them all, floor by floor, until he can reach safety, and help save any wounded cops if he can.  But Rama must contend with the terrifying Mad Dog, and look for a man that he never thought he'd see again, to try to bring him out.

Iko Uwais is simply amazing as Rama.  The fight scenes are visceral, each punch shattering speakers across the theater as he makes his way through the building.  But not only is he a deadly weapon, he elicits sympathy.  Rama isn't just a fist, he's a heart as well, and Uwais knows how play both with equal skill.  The bad guys work terrifically, especially Ruhian as Mad Dog, one of the most frightening villains in recent memory.  As he dispatches cop after cop, he seems damn near unstoppable.  But THE RAID: REDEMPTION isn't just fight scene after fight scene.  The story is compelling and the characters, while perhaps not very deep, work well enough that you root for the heroes to succeed.

Then, there are the action sequences, which are so exquisitely orchestrated that they build like a symphonic suite of pain and kickassocity.  This movie builds and builds, each fight even bigger than the one before it.  I can't imagine an audience that won't be on their feet for some of them - and the action choreography is damn near perfect, with cinematography to match.  Sure, there's some shakycam, but it's only to build the intensity because Uwais and director Gareth Evans have planned each fight so well that it's never confusing, not once.  The geography is flawless.  The film wisely lays out the building early on, so that you unconsciously understand where everyone is in the building and even in the same room.  I haven't seen such confident action direction since John Woo unleashed the doves in THE KILLER and, yeah, HARD BOILED.

DIE HARD.

HARD BOILED.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

Gareth Evans' previous film, MERANTAU, also featured Iko Uwais, but that film is in no way any kind of preparation for the work these men do here.  MERANTAU was an intimate action movie, if there is such a thing - THE RAID: REDEMPTION is grand scale action filmmaking that is rarely if ever seen, and I can't wait to see what the sequel, BERANDAL, brings to this continuing story.  Because once THE RAID: REDEMPTION ends, you'll demand that sequel, or at the very least, for the projectionist to start the movie over again.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION is one of the finest action movies I've ever seen.  Call it hyperbole, call it over-exaggeration, I don't give a shit.  I've seen it, and I stand by it.

DIE HARD.

HARD BOILED.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

Do. Not. Miss. This.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • March 11, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    first?

    by Anthony Torchia

    me?

  • March 11, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Damnit I wanna see this now.. No more waiting! Coming to on-demand soon?

    by Tank Williams

  • March 11, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Jesus Effing Christ

    by Anthony Torchia

    I have just had the worst week of my life and I get this? I even read the review before commenting! Okay, there is hope left in the world. Oh, and cool review N.

  • March 11, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Die Hard and Hard Boiled are unrivaled classics...

    by GravyAkira

    The Raid has some big shoes to fill then. We shall see. Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Raid are the top 3 must-see movies for me in 2012. We shall see.

  • March 11, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Ok, fine, I'll see it....Dammit!

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    But it'd better be fucking good.

  • March 11, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    showing at a theater March 23rd way North Chicago...

    by gk1

  • March 11, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a video game.

    by Yelsaeb

    And that poster makes it look kind of cheap, but I'll reserve my thoughts untill I see it.

  • March 11, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    And wouldn't you know it, we're getting a Hollywood remake.

    by Yelsaeb

    I'm not kidding. I was just on Wikipedia and that's what it said. Why not just give it a wide release?

  • March 11, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    But wait.....Is it as good as John Carter???

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    All you guys said JC was great, and I saw it this weekend and it SUCKED?? Can anybody be trusted??

  • March 11, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Best movie experience since Aliens.

    by gorebath

    I was lucky enough to see the screening last week and can only sum this movie up in 2 words. Holy and Shit. Believe the hype.

  • March 11, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Prometheus so far looks like ass.

    by tailhook

    Not that it won't be great... but so far the ads aren't really doing it justice. Pretty much the only thing they've put forward is the visual style of people being small things in a big landscape in order to impart size. Beyond that, they haven't really shown much. And the most recent trailer where they were building the title while putting forth visuals was highly distracting.

  • March 11, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    @Nordling The parking at the Paramount Theater sucks!!!

    by Kid Dynamite

    I was suppose to see this movie tonight but they blocked off 6th St and being from out of town I couldn't find a damn place to park, FUCK ME!!! The place is filled with hipster douchbags roaming the damn place... Can you make a showing here in Houston, please!!!!!

  • March 11, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    30 Floors?

    by Tim Hendon

    Are there 10 subfloors? I am only counting 20 in the picture. Not to nitpick but it sounds like an integral part of the story, so, it matters to me. Some may be blocked by the wall? BTW I can't wait to see this movie. It looks like a real fin treat. A blazin' slouchin' in my seat zoning great time.

  • March 11, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Saw it in LA last week.

    by Gil Brooks

    Believe the hype. Any trailer or clip you can find online is only the tip of the iceberg. So much awesome in this film. Fuck. Need to see it again!

  • March 11, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The poster... is this set in the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

    by kevred

    God, how I hate almost all Photoshop work.

  • March 12, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Die Hard sucks

    by Rupee88

    I watched it last week after not seeing it for a decade and it's just not a very good movie.

  • Saw four feature films today at SXSW, enjoy'n them all on a variety of levels. Started off with DECODING DEEPAK, a doco-esque detailed look at the iconic Deepak Chupra, my least fave of today's flicks. Next up was my favorite of the day's motion pictures Willem Defoe & Sam Neil's beautifully shot Tasmanian wilderness mystery/adventure, the character driven THE HUNTER, a perfect double bill for "The Grey." Third on today's lineup was the 2 1/2 hour long doco that looks deep into the life, music, & career of MARLEY whose son "Ziggy" was just one of the famous family members to along with some former "Wailers" grace the 100 year old Paramount Theatre's stage before & after the film. Then 4th, the ACTIONPACKED cops vs drug lord blood & sweat drenched hand-to-hand combat opus Indonesian masterwork of the genre, THE RAID: REDEMPTION. Simply kicks ass all over the place!

  • March 12, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    To those who counted the poster's floors...

    by fathergeek

    YES, there are ONLY 20 floors in the poster, plus possibily 2 more hidden by the wall & maybe 2 sub ground level floors... that makes only 24, buuut more important... in the film cops enter on ground floor... NO ONE goes below there, annnd there is absolutely NO CHAOS until floor #5... annnd the drug lord's stronghold is on the 15th... NOTHING happens above there... sooo there are ONLY 10 floors of chaos max, buuut I promise those WILL give you your money's worth of TOTAL CHAOS !!! Actually I only witnessed chaos on floors 5, 6, 7, 8, & 15, but that was enough...

  • March 12, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Counting the poster's floors?

    by gun_will_travel

    OK, definitely too much time on your hands. How about comparing perpective to the poster for Attack the Block

  • March 12, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST

    A few years ago I wrote a script with a similar setup.

    by DerLanghaarige

    The difference was that in my script, the building was also on fire. And the whole thing wasn't nearly as cool as THE RAID looks like!

  • March 12, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Why did they change the title? The new one sucks.

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • March 12, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    rupee88

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Have you hit your head?

  • March 12, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST

    tailhook

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's called a teaser trailer... you know, to tease people? And if you thought it looked like ass why are you on a movie lovers site?

  • March 12, 2012, 4:35 a.m. CST

    That was an incredible crowd at The Paramount tonight!!!

    by zillabeast

    I was up on the balcony next to the projector, and the response to this movie was just POWERFULLY overwhelming!! A thousand people yelling and cheering non stop till it was over, and then just losing our goddamned minds once the credits rolled! Yes people, The Raid really IS everything they said it was. Prepare to have your asses handed to you like never before!!

  • March 12, 2012, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Hyperbole does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Nordling don't worry about over-using hyperbole. Its become your trademark. It's why no one at aicn takes a single thing you say seriously anymore. I kid Nordling of course. But between this and declaring ATTACK THE BLOCK to be the greatest movie since CITIZEN KANE you obviously have a penchant for tower blocks...

  • March 12, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    DREDD does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I haven't seen THE RAID REDEMPTION and I havent seen JUDGE DREDD... but already the Dojo's crystal ball is working overtime... looking into the future. I see the headline... *If only JUDGE DREDD had been more like THE RAID: REDEMPTION*

  • March 12, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    There's a boss villain called Mad Dog. Okay. But hold on... there's another boss villain called Andi. I know which i'd rather face.

  • March 12, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    That poster

    by TheMachinist

    PLEASE say that's just for the American Release. It looks a little...crappy.

  • March 12, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Why the title change?

    by Soundblaster

    Does anyone know why Sony changed the title from (simply) THE RAID to THE RAID: REDEMPTION? Is it because of the 1954 20th Century Fox film THE RAID starring Van Heflin and Anne Bancroft? Perhaps the good people at Sony fear that audiences would confuse the two? I know how the ladies love Van Heflin. Maybe they want to spare any feelings of crushed disappointment?

  • March 12, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON is not an action movie, it's a historical epic. FACT!!!

  • March 12, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Imho for something to qualify as a true blue member of the 'action movie' genre it has to be near-enough contemporary. For example COMMANDO qualifies but TOTAL RECALL doesn't. LETHAL WEAPON 2 qualifies but MAD MAX 2 doesnt.

  • March 12, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Once you've seen Hard-Boiled, every other action film seems like fluff.

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

  • March 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Police Story 3 is better than Police Story! FACT!

    by GravyAkira

    aka SUPERCOP in the states.

  • March 12, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Dare I say...

    by Val Verde Historian

    Best action movie since Die Hard? I caught Capone's screening last week, and I was awe struck by this movie. Everything clicks- the villain, the setting, the action, the protagonist; it's all downright awesome.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna ask again...

    by Hipshot

    In an American remake, is there any currently known actor who you guys think could do this film? I vote Michael Jai White. Who else? JCVD? Seagal? Just looking for a serious conversation...who has both the action and the acting chops, in your opinion?

  • March 12, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    rupee88

    by Mennen

    you're lame.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    30 Floors of Chaos?

    by GoSensGo

    That building has 24 floors max. Must have a deep parking garage. Tell me none of you guys didn't count 'em.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    So it's like a video game?

    by shane peterson

    You have certain levels and then an end boss. Fun.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Wasn't DIE HARD like a video game too though?

    by zillabeast

    Filled with mini bosses, too.

  • March 12, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Fact: Police Story 3 is not better than the 1st one...

    by Kid Dynamite

    Are you kidding me?? The death drop down the pole with the lights exploding off was fucking bad ass... I agree that Die Hard was like a video game and that's not a bad thing at all.. Sonofabitch I could have caught the screening last night In Austin but the parking suck so much balls!!!

  • March 12, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    rupee88: in what world is Die Hard not a good movie? Barsoom?

    by UltraTron

    Die Hard inspired every movie that has come out since. Enjoy Barsoom my friend.

  • March 12, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Attack the block

    by jellypop

    is just excellent...I'm sure this film is a whole different ball game...

  • March 12, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    2 hours of relentless Ong Bak/Kung

    by cameron

  • March 12, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Oh please don't suck.

    by Boxcutter

  • March 12, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Subtitles or dubbed?

    by Boxcutter

    Say it's subbed, go on.

  • March 12, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I sometimes feel Hard Boiled is a tad overrated.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I prefer A Better Tomorrow 2 myself. Even The Killer. And fuck off with that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. It was a great movie but not the best. I used to think the same thing until I saw Hero, Iron Monkey, and House of Flying Daggers. Then I just realized that Asian people just make badass action movies. And for cobra kai, I don't like your contemporary requirements to qualify for an action flick. You limit the category of awesomeness.

  • March 12, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Re-watched Hard Boiled recently

    by Gil Brooks

    I loved it as a teen, and still do, at least the 1st half. Once they get to the hospital, then movie really falls apart (if you're going to be subjective). While the "one take" scene through the halls is fucking amazing, as a story, it just turns into a silly mess at that point. Reading about what the movie was originally going to be (cops trying to find a dude who's poisoning baby food, or something), you can see where all this comes from. Anyway, The Raid is fucking great, and can easily go toe-toe to HB.

  • March 12, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Dammit, I want to see this movie NOW

    by kidicarus

  • March 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Raid Dead Redemption is a good video game too!

    by Gorgomel

    Sorry couldn't help it!

  • March 12, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Nordling of AICN says: 'I've seeing it again tonight.'

    by zom-bot.com

    poster quote if i've ever heard one...lol

  • March 12, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    and yet...

    by Bouncy X

    had this been an american movie, everyone would be whining about how terrible it was but its not american...its foreign...and has SUBTITLES!!! so its automatically amazing. :P

  • March 12, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Nordling's usual hyperbole aside...

    by Ditch Brodie

    ...it IS a pretty good movie. For the first half hour I thought it was decent but not great, but then it just kept getting better and better. The action is also well-staged, coherent and flat-out brutal. Gareth Evans is the real deal. And boxcutter, the movie is subtitled.

  • March 12, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Kiss of The Dragon and Fist of Legend...

    by GravyAkira

    also deserve spots in the ACTION HALL OF FAME. Lets go ahead and throw Predator and Blade in there as well.

  • March 12, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    @ bouncy X...

    by Kid Dynamite

    Shut the Fuck up bitch!!!! It's awesome because it has Martial Arts in it and it has the pedigree of Die Hard/Assault On Precint 13/Ong Bak.. There hasn't been a good American Action Movie in awhile so that's why there is hype you bitch!!!

  • March 12, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    STOKED for this movie, also baffled by the name change but...

    by Majin Fu

    The Raid looks to be much more martial arts intensive as opposed to Hard Boiled's bullet ballet, but it's still such an action-packed premise! I really hope it holds up to the hype.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Kiss of Dragon, not a hall of famer imo, but a good effort

    by Majin Fu

    I agree Police Story and Hard Boiled should definitely be on there, as well as Iron Monkey, The Matrix (for bringing good action to mainstream America), Invincible (8 Diagram) Pole Fighter, and Heroes of the East. VERSUS is a low-budget Japanese flick that is as action-packed as it is utterly ridiculous. I'd argue that belongs on the list as well, if just for the sheer absurd level of action present. Also the action in the movie isn't exactly top-notch but COMMANDO is one of those ridiculous action fests I can turn on with friends and just laugh at the whole way through. It might be a little early to place on a list of best action movies of all time, but I think 13 ASSASSINS deserves consideration as well, just for the grand third act.

  • March 13, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Yep, Versus was made for something like $20,000

    by Majin Fu

    Maybe not as good of an example, but that's still cheap. They used the same fake head for every decapitation!

  • Its just a mess of ridiculously over choreographed action scenes of guys getting shot and dodging bullets that don't want to fly straight!

  • March 13, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Like what ceejay?

    by Majin Fu

    Michael Mann has made some decent action pictures where bullets fly pretty straight. His protagonists are usually so professional and precise with their work, like in Heat, Collateral & Miami Vice. The finale of Last of the Mohicans is great too. P.S. Hard Boiled is a solid action movie no matter what you say. Not exactly realistic, but that's hardly what they are going for anyway. Has anybody mentioned the scene with Chow Yun Fat and the baby? I love that part.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    How is the score?

    by dark-knight02

    Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park did it…I think it's the first movie he's done. Is it any good?

  • March 13, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    You say it's good, but what language?

    by Eyegore

    I prefer to watch the action to reading subtitles, especially in an action movie. This is why we NEED Hollywood remakes. I like to read books and watch movies, but never at the same time.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Do people usually talk while they're fighting?

    by Majin Fu

    Subtitles don't bother me at all, and most dubs are usually worse since they almost always change the tone of the original performances. If the movie is really good, I can watch it no matter what language and still understand it, while just missing some details from the dialog. But if I need subtitles, I'll take them over compromising the original film's vision. Hollywood only NEEDS remakes because nobody in the biz is clever enough to come up with an original idea anymore. American remakes are never as good anyway. (ex. imo, REC vs. Quarantine, Let the Right One In vs. Let Me In, Godzilla vs. Gojira) There are of course exceptions, but I'll take the real deal over some streamlined leftovers any day of the week.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    eyegore: the film was made in Indonesia

    by Majin Fu

    so they're probably speaking Indonesian

  • March 13, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Don't forget

    by NightArrows

    That rupee88 "loves lots of movies, and has stated as such here", but now has added Die Hard to his long list of hate... As for this film, I'm not sold on it, but who knows, I could love it.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    DIE HARD. HARD BOILED. THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

    by buggerbugger

    I think I'll stick to calling it 'The Raid', thanks. Fuck this renaming-for-dummies shit.

  • Wow, was that movie a pile of crazapp!

  • March 13, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    and then...

    by Bouncy X

    thanks for biting kid! ;)

  • March 13, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Attack The Block was great!

    by GravyAkira

    Overhyped a tad by AICN, but still a highly enjoyable flick. You cant tell me the drug dealing rapper wasnt hilarious!

  • March 13, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    huh.

    by dengreg31

    I'm a little sorry to say that I had never heard of "Hard Boiled". I mean, not once. I had to go to IMDB...

  • March 13, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I really hope this movie hits a theater near me

    by SoylentMean

    The trailer alone had my jaw on the floor.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Any one who loves action movies

    by lookylookymoontard

    probably only uses 5% of their brain 99% of the time,the other 1% they are asleep FACT

  • March 13, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Attack the Block was a fantastic movie, not really a question there

    by SoylentMean

    The only real stumble was at the end when the whole neighborhood seemed to be rooting for Moses and recognized his heroics. <P> If you were paying attention though it's not hard to figure out that the folks who made it out explained to the those on the ground what he did. Besides, the invasion wasn't just happening in that one apartment complex, it was happening all over.<P> Besides, the movie got at least 3 stars just for its creature design.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a masterpiece

    by SoylentMean

    and rightfully deserved every accolade it received. Any movie that gets people interested and pursuant of an entire film genre is aces in my book.<P> I would have thought we'd have seen more Asian films getting wide releases in the states. If studios got well known actors to dub the films in English (and if marketing was in capable hands) I think foreign films could be thriving here in the states.<P> For all our posturing as a movie loving nation we don't actually seem to celebrate film. America should be rife with film festivals, special screenings, and film related events. But it isn't. <P> Ever notice how tons of European films seemed to have national (and international) backing? We don't see much of that here in the states. Hell, as a source of individual state revenue alone it just seems like a wasted opportunity.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Drive was one of the top ten films of 2011

    by SoylentMean

    No need to back down from that opinion.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Once I've decided to see a movie I don't read reviews

    by SoylentMean

    I don't watch trailers. I don't listen to interviews. The internet has gotten us all used to this extreme inundation of information regarding films way in advance of their theatrical release, and it kills the film going experience.<P> Back in 1993 I probably saw a trailer or two for Jurassic Park. I became aware of the book. But once I was sold on the whole "island filled with dinosaurs" scenario I knew I was going to see the movie. I didn't need to know anymore (except for the release date). <P> The movie was all the better for me not knowing all of the things I would learn about it later on. <P> The merchandise I would buy (much to the chagrin of my parents a large portion of the summer of '93's allowance went to the purchase of dinosaurs). The magazines I would read. The information on just how the hell they made those dinosaurs oh so real (that I would greedily absorb). All of it was accentuated by just how amazed I was by my film going experience with Jurassic Park. By the surprise and joy of it.<P> Because when I saw Jurassic Park for the first time, dammit, those dinosaurs were real.<P> Now, for moviegoers the world over, the dinosaurs aren't real anymore. And it's a shame.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    87% of statistics are made up on the spot. Fact.

    by GoSensGo

  • March 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Comparing it to Hard Boiled doesn't help the cause

    by 9000rpm

    Hard Boiled may have been a tiny bit notable years ago but, really, I'd forgotten I even own that movie. It's just not that worth remembering. Die Hard, on the other hand, yes, that's a genuine classic. Probably better than all the top Oscar pics in the last decade. But, then, you knew that.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Attack the Block was beyond garbage

    by 9000rpm

    ATB isn't even worthy of NetFlix.

  • March 13, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I always liked Die Hard becaue it actually "lloked" like a big budget action film.

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

  • March 13, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    looked too

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

  • March 13, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Exploding buildings, exploding helicopters, exploding elevators...exploding knees!!!

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

  • March 13, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    sequel?

    by Tub Gurnard

    I know they announced one the second the raid was released but it's here already? and reldemption? unoriginal but at least it's not reloaded. I think.

  • March 13, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    btw Sarcasm!

    by Tub Gurnard

    sorry i'm british and we our brains can't process films being given cringeworthy new names for no reason. Oh well it's not like it'll affect any of the major releases this summer now will it? Oh shit, just give me a minute i need to ASSEMBLE my thoughts!

  • March 13, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who doesn't love Die Hard?

    by Jay

    I really like it. It's a great movie with two great leads. I'm not bashing it. It's just, I've never really thought of it as a great action movie. Maybe it's from growing up watching Jackie Chan & Yuen Biao in movies like Police Story & Wheels On Meals. Or maybe I'm just not into gun play. Yet, I find Hard Boiled & The Killer magnificent. I don't know. I just remember seeing it for the first time in the late 80s and thinking how much more I enjoyed previous action movies. But it's got a great main character.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'll Wait For Harry's Review

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    If Harry loves the movie, I'll avoid it. If Harry hates the movie or fell asleep during it, I'll watch it.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Yep, still relying on Harry to make your choices

    by Majin Fu

    Because making your own decisions is too hard right?

  • March 13, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    by nothindude

    @bartleby t. scrivener IMDB said the budget for Die Hard was $28m back in 1988. That's a big budget movie man. John McTiernan will need at least $100m now to remake that movie.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    The name change is about

    by solanine

    streamlining the titles for American audiences. The sequel may be released as Berendal internationally, but apparently in the US, it'll go by the name The Raid: Retaliation. Anyway, name aside, I was at the Paramount screening and it may be the most fun I've ever had watching a movie in a theater. I had pretty decent expectations after the hype and it destroyed them.

  • March 14, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Yes, bantuwind, you are the ONLY ONE who doesn't love DIE HARD

    by Roger Moon

    That has got to be a really strange sensation. Could you take a few minutes and describe what that feels like? Imagine. To be the only one on the entire planet who doesn't like DIE HARD. It's a pretty staggering concept when you really think about it. You must be special.

  • March 14, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    Hard Boiled "More exciting than a dozen Die-Hards"

    by masteryoda007

    How about that for a title quote? Hard Boiled is the nuts and will never be beaten as best action movie ever. The end of the tea house scene is fucking awesome. Also Chow's one man assault on the two triad gangs at the same time and of course the Hospital shoot out......fucking epic.

  • March 14, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Rumble In The Bronx

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    Action or Martial Arts??? I don't know what genre it fits under but damn when I saw this in theaters in rocked my ass hard!!! Oh and I also saw Operation Condor which also rocked my ass hard... How about Kiss Of The Dragon??? Jet Li goes fucking hard in that one...

  • March 14, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: a movie

    by Majin Fu

    It's a martial arts extravaganza. The scene at the tea house is high-octane superfun with a nudge and a wink at the oldschool kungfu flicks (just look at all the characters with all their ridiculous names). It's a period drama with a sweeping, epic scope and lush production values. It's a romance film with a universal message that transcends boundaries. Does it have action? Yes, but it's so much more than that! Is it an action movie? Absolutely. It's a film about people taking their lives into their own hands, and a girl who is held accountable for her ACTIONS being forced to return a sword that belonged to a guy who never wanted it anyway. What makes Croughing Tiger such a potent action film is how every fight scene pushes characterization while elevating the drama. That's what makes Yuen Woo Ping such an amazing fight choreographer. Every action scene is carefully planned as an extension of the players' characterization. The synergy of drama and martial arts in Ang Lee's film can blur the line of genre distinction, but then these distinctions are only there for the sake of categorization later.

  • March 14, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Crouching Tiger is not action...

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    Seriously guys, Crouching Tiger is action??? Action movies aren't suppose to be nominated for an Oscar and there's no guns or explosions, no??? It's one hell of a great drama contemporary art I give it that but no way in hell is it an action movie...

  • YES!

  • March 14, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Die Boiled 2 is beter than all these movies!

    by TheManWhoCan

    In my MIND that is!!

  • March 14, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    So when you say action you mean Arnold Schwarzenegger movies?

    by Majin Fu

    If Fist of Fury isn't an action movie I don't know what is. Same goes for Enter the Dragon. The Lone Wolf and Cub movies while a great story about familial bonding, are mostly action. Yes, they feature martial arts but they are still essentially about a strong protagonist forcefully taking control of their environment, just like any movie starring Sly Stallone or Chuck Norris. Part of me wonders if some don't consider Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon an action movie because most of the action is being done by women, but surely nobody here is that sexist.

  • March 14, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Reading comprehension, bacon_aesthetic...

    by Jay

    Your cliche sarcasm would have worked if it actually applied to what I wrote. I'm guessing you only read the headline...

  • March 15, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    There's no wrong or right here. Everybody try to calm down.

    by Majin Fu

    Genres are just a means of categorization, so when we go on Netflix (or wherever you go to watch movies) you know where to look. That said, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon could certainly be considered an action movie because A) it has several action sequences and B) it is essentially about people taking ACTION to hold one girl accountable for her ACTIONS. The fact that most of the fights are initiated by women is a moot point. And the presence of drama does not deter from the action, it enhances it. I've already explained my rationale in my above posts.

  • March 15, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Cop-Out...

    by Majin Fu

    but it would probably be considered an "action comedy," just like Hot Fuzz, Bad Boys, or many of Jackie Chan's Police Story movies. Genre synergy is entirely plausible in the 21st century, so I see absolutely no reason why CTHD couldn't be perceived as an action flick, as well as a drama, or romance, or whatever you want to call it.

  • March 16, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    So ....... you liked it then ?

    by Dalius

  • March 16, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Does this movie actually feature any redemption ?

    by Dalius

    Or did they just scour the dictionary for a cool sounding word ?

  • March 18, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    creepythinmans-revenge = CLOSET HOMO

    by PhxMonsterGuy

    Anyone who talks about homos so much has a 96% of being a closeted homo themselve and a 77% chance of having a big cock up their ass while they write their post about homos on this website. FACT!

  • March 27, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    we supposed to still care what ROGER STAVRO BLOFELD thinks???

    by drew70

    maybe if it was still 1969 and was still blowing sam peckinpah because of THE WILD BUNCH...... anyway, nordling nailed it on this one this movie is FUCKING INSANE! a must watch

  • March 29, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Believe the hype!

    by The E

    I didn't want to get my hopes up, and expectations were already sky high with people throwing around classics like "Die Hard" and "Hard Boiled". Believe it and prepared to be owned! It's in the same class as those action classics. It's not as good as Die Hard (that's my all-time fav), but I liken it more to Hard Boiled, but slightly better. I was surprised with the amount of martial arts in the movie, good combination of that and gunplay.<p><p> Run to see it if you're a fan of action movies.