This is the film with which Gangs of London showrunner Gareth Evans made his name. Back in 2012, the Welsh director was living in Indonesia and found some local inspiration. Jakarta’s most infamous criminal boss is holed up at the top of a 30-storey tower block in the middle of one of the capital’s most deprived slums. Police wouldn’t normally dare go anywhere near it, but things are getting desperate and a SWAT team is sent in to apprehend him. That, in a nutshell, is the entire film: special forces try to clear the building, floor by floor. What makes The Raid stand out is the martial arts and the visionary way in which Evans harnesses their balletic power. The similarly excellent sequel, which sees special forces officer Rama working undercover behind bars, is currently on Netflix.
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