The Raid took me and all of the film festivals by storm. This action-packed film is one of the most entertaining "fight" movie I've ever seen. The level of difficulty in the choreography and the intense, long, and painful fight scenes showcase how an action movie should be done.
The best part about The Raid is the complete lack of story. The premise is a Thai SWAT team is sent to an apartment complex of 30 floors to find and capture a crime kingpin. The complex however is filled with dangerous employees of the kingpin and will stop at nothing to protect their boss. There is no emotional support for the lead character, no background tale to setup the film, no outlandish plot to remember, just mesmerizing violence and action.
This movie has everything: Special Weapons and Tactical Operations, Sub-machine gun warfare, assault tactics, assassinations, bombs, handgun combat, knife-play, sword-play, close quarters combat, mixed martial arts, muay thai, jujitsu, and many others.
If you want a great action film in your collection to watch over and over again. The Raid is a great addition. I give this film a grand applause and a 5 out of 5.