Just when you thought Thailand had the monopoly on Asian people beating the hell out of other Asian people, Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais show up and do it Silat-style with The Raid, only better. Check out the clips and notice that the camera angles have one purpose: to get that shot of choreography. Compared to standard Thai fare, where they basically shoot wide-medium-wide angles of the same choreography and cut it together (“let em fight and we’ll shoot it from the side”), this is far more interesting. Plus you get to see all kinds of stabby Silat goodness. Brutal and awesome at the same time.
Wow, I never knew that us Indonesians could make such a film. Never even heard of the film, ‘raid’. Well I am glad to hear about it now. Thanks! Also glad to have an Indonesian film acknowledged 🙂