1. “The Raid: Redemption (2012)” movie review.

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    “The Raid: Redemption” has been getting a lot of buzz among us martial arts fans as of late, apparently enough to earn a wide release. I had heard of it before, when it was just referred to as “The Raid”, although I failed to make a connection. It comes to us from the guys who made “Merantau”, a flawed but impressive film in its own right. “Merantau” showcased some spectacular martial arts choreography, but was rather clunky when it tried to be dramatic, tragic or funny. “The Raid” has no ambitions to be anything but the most vicious, badass martial arts film that you've ever seen. So naturally, it was awesome.