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Dir. Gareth Evans
2011, Indonesia, France, USA, 101 min
Indonesian with English subtitles

Join us for our new series, Staff Picks, where our Winnipeg Film Group staff will select and introduce new and old favourites. This month’s selection was chosen by Production Operations Manager Tommy Inthirath. 

Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of predawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that 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 and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission.

Generously sponsored by IATSE 856 Manitoba.

The Raid: Redemption is simple yet brutal. The story highlights corruption within the high ranks of police officials with no concern of collateral damage. The protagonist demonstrates how one can persevere in the most undesired situations. All the carnage in a martial arts action film you would want and then some.

– Tommy Inthirath

The Raid is completely deranged – and completely superb.

– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans’s Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.

– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

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