Film: The Raid

aka: The Raid Redemption
And 100 minutes of awesomeness.

And don't forget... have fun.

Titled originally Serbuan Maut (Deadly Assault/Death Raid), known as The Raid: Redemption in English-speaking countries, directed by Gareth Evans, and starring martial artist Iko Uwais. This is their second team-up after their first film together, Merantau (Wandering).

The Indonesian film is a hybrid Heroic Bloodshed and Martial Arts film featuring gun action and story themes from Heroic Bloodshed, with a healthy dose of hand to hand and weapon based martial arts in the second half of the film. A sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal was released on March 28, 2014.

Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable derelict apartment building which became a safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. The rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. On one rainy morning, an elite team is tasked with raiding the building in order to take down the notorious drug lord who runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover, and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut off and all exits are blocked. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst criminals to survive their mission.

An American remake bringing back Evans as producer and Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog) and Uwais as fight choreographers has been announced, but is currently on hold.

Tropes present in this film include:

  • Aerith and Bob: Tama's two henchmen, Mad Dog and Andi.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mad Dog.
    • The machete gang leader also counts as one, judging by his quote:
    "Kalau saya muak, saya menggila" (English translation: "When I'm pissed off, I'll go apeshit")
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the squad members brings a fire axe to break down doors and floors, but it gets used as a weapon pretty quickly.
  • Anyone Can Die: You know the story is going to be like this when most of the SWAT cops are killed in the opening shootout. At the end of the movie, only Lt. Wahyu, Rama, and Bowo survive the raid.
  • Armor Is Useless: The SWAT team are wearing heavy tactical vests, which would be backed with steel or ceramic plates capable of stopping rifle rounds (and blades for that matter). But the armor never even stops a single bullet.
  • Badass: Everyone in this film, especially Rama, Jaka and Mad Dog. Apparently, actors that make up the key members of the SWAT team were sent to Indonesian Special Forces boot camp.
    • Joe Taslim (Jaka) is an accomplished judoka, having won medals in both national and international competitions, and is also trained in silat, wushu, karate and other arts.
    • Iko Uwais (Rama) and Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog) are both accomplished silat practitioners. Iko has won awards at national silat competitions and Yayan was once the trainer for Paspampres (Indonesian Presidential Security Forces) and was an instructor at a silat school. The two of them choreographed the movie.
  • Because I'm Good at It: Andi's reason for staying with the crime syndicate. He thinks it's the only thing he's ever good at.
  • Becoming the Mask: Andi infiltrated the crime syndicate, but decided that he was good at it and became a real gangster. He still has loyalty to his brother, however.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with Jaka for anything that comes to his men, like prevent him for secarching Bowo and Rama. Wahyu learned this on a hard way.
  • Big Bad: Tama, the drug lord that controls the apartment.
    • Bigger Bad: The corrupt authorities who ordered the mission and warned Tama.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Andi to Rama. Even after disappearing for a long time, Andi still cares enough for Rama, his younger brother, to betray his boss so he can save Rama.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Tama, Mad Dog and most of their goons are dead, the corrupt Lieutenant Wahyu has been arrested, and Rama has saved both Bowo and Andi. However, Jaka and all but two of his squad are dead and Andi chooses to stay behind and restart the crime syndicate under his command.
  • Blood Knight: Mad Dog, who gets no pleasure from shooting people, but really enjoys beating them to death with his bare hands. Twice he handicaps himself when he has an advantage to provide his enemies a fighting chance.
  • Book Ends: A pistol runs out of bullets near the beginning and end of the film. The consequences are different.
  • Break Them by Talking: Tama's Hannibal Lecture to Wahyu at near the end was enough to cause Wahyu to try shooting himself.
  • The Brute: Mad Dog.
  • Cain and Abel: Andi and Rama. They parted peacefully at the end of the movie, but given the plans for a sequel, it's likely they're headed in this direction.
  • Call Back: Mad Dog kills Jaka with a neck snap earlier in the film and is about to use to same move to kill a badly beaten Rama, but is interrupted by Andi stabbing him from behind with a broken strip light.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Wahyu attacks a mook with a chair during the drug lab fight.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Rama's martial-arts practice in the opening scene features a flurry of close punches as a finishing move. Guess what he uses to finish off Mad Dog.
  • Co-Dragons: Mad Dog, who doubles as The Brute, and Andi, who doubles as The Evil Genius.
  • Cold Sniper: The two snipers who take out the SWAT's perimeter guard. They even wound one of the guards, and use his screaming to find other SWAT officers to calmly pick them off.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Both the SWAT Team and goons believe in this.
  • Contract on the Hitman: The movie's plot is essentially this; the purpose of the hit on Tama was to kill the lieutenant who had outlived his usefulness by forcing him to try to pull off a seemingly impossible hit.
  • Covers Always Lie: The UK DVD cover modified the original cover/poster adding helicopters and multiple explosions on the outside of the building. First of all, only one explosion happens in the movie and two: no helicopters appear in the film at all. This is really odd because when the movie was first released in theaters internationally, they all used the same original poster.
    • Additionally, most versions of the cover play up the "20 Elite Cops. 30 Floors of Hell." The truth is that most of the cops are undertrained rookies, nearly all of them die pretty early on, and floors 16 and up aren't especially important to the plot, since the mission is only to get to the 15th floor.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: After being initially caught off guard, Tama's idea to deal with the intruders is actually relatively simple and effective, and some of his mooks prove themselves to be quite good in this department as well. He firstly cuts off the lighting to buy time for his forces to get into a good ambush position, gets some gangsters to slaughter the vehicle team and destroy the van, has a Cold Sniper team pick off some of the SWAT team outside- who themselves prove quite clever in luring others out using their wounded comrades as bait, and then tells all other gangsters in the building that they can have a free room in the building if they eliminate the threat, guaranteeing most of them will be going after his opponents.
  • Day in the Limelight: The movie is almost all silat fighting, but Dagu, the cop accompanying Lt. Wahyu, gets a few good shots in the drug lab fight to show off some serious taekwondo, contrasting the rapid blow styles of all the other martial artists with excellent technical form in heavy pivoting strikes that lay waste to just as many mooks as Rama's style.
  • Destination Defenestration: Several times. Once Rama throws himself (and the leader of the machete gang) out of a window.
  • Die Hard on an X: Die Hard in a derelict apartment building with the invading force being the protagonists.
  • Dirty Cop: Lieutenant Wahyu turns out to be one.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Mad Dog. He explicitly explains this to Jaka: he says it takes away the "rush" that comes with fist-fights (Or in Indonesian : "Ga ada gregetnya").
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Defied. The SWAT guys could simply swap clothes with some of their defeated foes in order to blend in with the random residents and slip away rather than fight through hordes of them, but they never do. Rama openly refuses to do so, saying his police clothes "fit better."
  • Dirty Coward: The Lieutenant.
  • Driven to Suicide: Lieutenant Wahyu; unfortunately for him, he ran out of bullets.
  • Drop the Hammer: Tama uses a claw hammer to kill a hostage.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Rama starts the film in a montage of prayer, exercise, and saying goodbye to his pregnant wife, establishing him as a likable badass and stoic.
    • Tama starts the film by shooting a group of hostages in the back of the head. Running out of bullets when moving to shoot the last one, he decides to pick up a hammer from the drawer to do the deed, rather than the bullets surrounding it.
    • Jaka establishes himself as a total hard-ass in his opening monologue, but also demonstrates his basic decency by letting the innocent bystander bring his medicine to his sick wife, on the condition that Rama "stick to him like fucking glue."
    • Mad Dog and Andi are described before we really meet them, so it's entirely possible for a first-time viewer not to be sure which is which for a long time - especially since Mad Dog is so small that you wouldn't expect him to be the tough scary one, and since Andi's establishing character moment is him violently attacking his fellow gangsters.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Just about everyone in the complex seems to have silat fighting moves. Dagu, one of the cops, subverts this with his taekwondo skills, although most people in the audience could easily miss the distinction.
  • Evil All Along: The Lieutenant was corrupt all along, and as the film goes along we see him for the cowardly backstabber he really is.
  • Evil Genius: Andi manages Tama's criminal enterprise.
  • Excuse Plot: The actual story is pretty good, but it's very simple and pared down to its bare bones in terms of how much screen time is devoted to exposition. And frankly you could work out a very good approximation of the story on your own if you watched the film without subtitles.
  • Eye Scream: One of the police gets shot through the eye.
  • Face-Heel Turn: The Lieutenant, more or less.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tama. In his Establishing Character Moment, he "politely" asks one of the captives he his murdering to look after his very empty gun (they're tied up, so they can't do anything back) and wait for him to get back, then beats him to death with a hammer when he could have granted him a quicker death by reloading. He also comes across as relatively courteous while telling the gangsters to brutally murder the SWAT team.
  • Finishing Move: Mad Dog likes to deliver a Neck Snap to finished opponents.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Averted; despite the focus (of the movie) on martial arts and knife fighting, guns are still the most lethal weapons around.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Andi.
  • Hell Hotel: The apartment building is basically a flop house under the protection of a crimelord.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Inverted: Not only do the officers have zero problems using guns, knives and batons, but antagonist Mad Dog puts down his pistol so he can fight Jaka fairly.
  • Hollywood Silencer: Averted; the police all put silencers on their guns because it's a stealth mission but the guns are still pretty loud.
  • Homage: Naming The Dragon "Mad Dog" is likely a reference to Hard Boiled.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • A small LPG tank put inside a fridge makes a good directional explosive.
    • Rama kills one of the Machete Gang with a broken doorframe. Now with a GIF for your viewing pleasure!
    • Andi uses a broken fluorescent light tube against Mad Dog, and Rama finishes him off with it.
    • In the meth lab, Lt. Wahyu beats a mook down with a chair and drops a metal locker cabinet on another.
  • Jerkass: Bowo.
  • Jitter Cam
  • Just Hit Him: Zigzagged, strikes and throws are both used to effect with neither being automatically better or worse.
  • Karma Houdini: As far as we know, the Cold Sniper duo get away scot free.
  • Kick the Dog: The first scene with Tama. Also an Establishing Character Moment.
  • Knife Nut: Rama favours the special forces T-BAR, and uses it in conjunction with a nightstick and his silat expertise on a corridor of mooks to gruesome effect. Most of the mooks make use of pig-stickers, but prominent among them are the gang who exclusively use massive machetes.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After the Lieutenant murders Dagu and tries bargaining his way out of the situation with Tama, he's told by Tama that he'll never escape anyway and will just be murdered by the Bigger Bad of the film, causing him to snap and kill Tama before trying to commit suicide. He's out of bullets because he tried shooting at Rama, and he ends up being dragged away and brought to justice, with solid evidence to prove his part in the corruption of the police.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Mad Dog really believes in this. Abandoning his gun for a fight (against Jaka) is one thing. But against Rama, he allows him time to unchain, untie and even bandage Andi's hands before commencing fisticuffs.
  • Machete Mayhem: One criminal has a machete hidden under his dining table. A roving group of thugs is armed exclusively with machetes.
  • Made of Iron: Andi, Rama and Mad Dog. Andi gets his hand impaled and his body used as a punching bag and Rama fights through countless hordes of criminals, but they're both in fighting shape for the final brawl. Mad Dog goes through one epic fight with the sergeant, yet he's still prime to get double-teamed. He does not lose slightly the advantage until he gets stabbed in the neck, and even so, he keeps fighting on.
  • Mauve Shirt: Bowo and Dagu.
  • Meaningful Name: Rama.
  • More Dakka: The start of the film, when both sides are using large numbers of assault rifles. The gun violence gets much more spare as people run out of ammo.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Mad Dog. Mad. Dog. He is not a very nice man.
  • Neck Snap: Mad Dog's Finishing Move, performed successfully on Jaka and unsuccessfully on Rama.
  • New Meat: Most of the SWAT Team are newbies, with the exception of Sergeant Jaka.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: One good guy. Four machete-armed bad guys. Good guy wins. Enforced, oddly. Rama loses his knife and nightstick early in the movie, and doesn't retrieve them immediately because he needs to hide. Later, however, he literally walks on his nightstick as he leaves, but doesn't take a moment to rearm. Nor does anyone else through the rest of the movie.
  • Nice Guy: Rama. The apartment resident who has a sick wife also counts as one.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Rama is normally a kind and gentle man, but he will kick your ass seriously in a fight.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mad Dog delivers one to Andi after his betrayal is revealed.
  • Noble Demon: Mad Dog. See the Let's Fight Like Gentlemen entry. The result he is a fan favorite character.
  • Oh, Crap: Jaka has this reaction twice in quick succession early on - first when the lookout alerts upstairs that the police have arrived, and second when Wahyu reveals the raid was unsanctioned, meaning the squad is alone and doomed.
  • One-Man Army: Rama single-handedly provides most of the body count for his side. There are some scenes when one wonders if he could have done the whole mission by himself.
  • Pet the Dog: The opening scene of Rama praying and saying goodbye to his pregnant wife establishes him right away as a good guy.
  • Pop-Star Composer: The soundtrack for the English-language release was written by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse
    • Mad Dog is smaller than most of the cast, yet he's Tama's enforcer. He's a highly skilled martial artist and clearly tougher than any of the other characters, even though he's prone to being frequently picked up and thrown around. He defeats and kills Jaka, who is about twice his size, and it takes the combined efforts of both Rama and Andi to kill him. Even then, he completely dominates the fight and only begins to falter once Andi manages to stab him in the neck from behind.
    • Rama's not the biggest guy either, especially in comparison to the rest of the force, but he singlehandedly provides most of the body count.
  • Rasputinian Death: Mad Dog is on the receiving end of one at the hands of Rama and Andi. Even after getting stabbed deep in the neck with a shard of tube lighting and his spine and both arms broken, he's still fighting until his throat is finally slashed open. Not to mention that before that fight even started he'd been in a several-minute-long brawl with Jaka and still kept going.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bowo and Rama respectively. Even established when the former is aggressive towards a man getting medicine to his wife until the latter makes him back off.
    • Also with Andi and Rama. Of the brothers, the former is a reckless criminal and the latter is a by-the-book officer.
  • Rule of Cool
  • Sacrificial Lion:Jaka, who dies two thirds of the way through the film at the hands of Mad Dog.
  • Sequel Hook: The movie ends with Andi taking over the Tama's crime syndicate but the corrupt forces that sent Lt. Wahyu still out there, setting the stage for the sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal.
  • Sergeant Rock: Sergeant Jaka.
  • Shell-Shock Silence: Happens when Bowo gets shot in the ear.
  • Sibling Team: Rama and Andi, taking down Mad Dog together.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Jaka's signature kill. 3 point-blank headshot while holding the target's head. A badly-wounded Bowo does the same thing to a guy during the corridor fight.
    • When the residents attack the cops in the van, they open up on full-auto and just keep firing. Justified to an extent, as they're trying to disable the van itself, and not just kill the cops.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: During the intro, Rama and Jaka both lead their own squads, and the plot then alternates between said squads when they are separated.
  • The Worf Effect: Mostle due to his rather defensive fighting style, Jaka is able to fight Mad Dog more successfully than either Rama or Andi could alone, but is still killed by him to establish him as the biggest threat in the film.
  • Weapon of Choice: Machete for the machete gang
  • World of Badass: The hotel is bursting with badass gangsters, and most of the surviving SWAT members count as badass too.
  • Would Hurt a Child: There are several kids working as spotters for the apartment complex. The lieutenant is perfectly willing to kill them to keep the element of surprise, to the outrage of Jaka.
  • Wrestler in All of Us:
    • Mad Dog uses a swinging neckbreaker against Jaka before finishing him off.
    • The machete gang leader tries a powerbomb on Rama.
    • Rama uses a facebuster variation on one of the machete gang onto a broken doorframe. Ouch.
  • Wretched Hive: The apartment.
  • Villain by Default: The building residents, with very few exceptions. Most of them are gang members and killers in hiding from police, authorities, or rival syndicates.
  • Villainous Valor: Mad Dog voluntarily disarms himself for a fairer fight with Jaka and releases Andi from chains so he can take him and Rama on at the same time. He then fights both Andi and Rama to a standstill, even after the fight with Jaka.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The entire point of the mission was so the Bigger Bad (or Bads as it turns out) could get rid of the corrupt Lieutenant, who was no longer of use to them.
    • Lieutenant Wahyu himself also kills Dagu after Dagu handcuffs Tama.

Alternative Title(s):

The Raid Redemption