Parents' Guide to

The Raid: Redemption

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Indonesian fight/chase movie is well made but ultra-violent.

Movie R 2012 101 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

Fun violent movie

I watched this movie with my mother yesterday. My mother is rather sensitive to gory things so she didn't really like the movie. I in fact do like gory movies and that brings me to my point... The Raid is a very violent and bloody movie. Machetes are used, axes, knifes, guns, you name it. It's a bloodbath movie but isn't anymore then something like Rambo.
age 15+

Incredible action film

Brutal fistfights, shootouts, with splattering blood. Not as violent as its sequel but still very bloody and brutal. Frequent language. Very well done and extremely entertaining.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (11 ):

"Clever" may not be the right word for The Raid: Redemption, but it's certainly economical, compact, and potent. Writer/director Gareth Evans -- who was born in Wales and makes movies in Indonesia -- has come up with a good idea for a single-setting story, taking place over the course of one day, allowing for more focus on fighting.

The concept of the floors growing ever more dangerous as they get higher, with escape only on the bottom floor, is intriguing (and video game-like), and Evans brilliantly uses the look and feel of the dirty concrete and graffiti to emphasize menace. He often gets the camera close to the action, which sometimes has a visceral effect, but sometimes it's a little too close; there's some off-kilter shakiness and some routine filmmaking "tricks" that can distract from the experience. Ultimately, the movie is too purposefully violent for kids, and the "redemption" of the title never really comes into play (no one is redeemed).

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