- Cast the Expert:
- 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.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Actors that make up the key members of the SWAT team were sent to an Indonesian Special Forces boot camp to learn to behave like real soldiers.
- Executive Meddling: The main reason why the score was replaced for the international release and why the American release got the unwieldy and spoiler-heavy subtitle "Redemption".
- No Stunt Double: The majority of the stunts were done by the actors themselves. It also helps, of course, that the cast is composed by high-level martial artists. (On the other hand, the Machete Gang's leader is an architect in real life, which makes it certainly much more amazing.)
- Promoted Fanboy: Taslim applied to the film after becoming a fan of Gareth and Iko's earlier movie, Merantau.
- Star-Making Role: The movie propelled Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim and Yayan Ruhian's stunt-acting career into Hollywood.
Trivia / The Raid