April 20, 2012 3 Comments
Now pick your jaw off the floor and get ready for this review. We as a film audience have been spoiled and lied to time and time again. Action movies are about as common as the air we breathe so we almost become numb to the sort of whiz bang effect that these types of movies can have on us. You can go to any rental store or even check out Netflix and realize that the action genre is over bloated with bad action movies. Stuff with too much shaky cam or crappy fight scenes or hell, not enough action to sate the lust that we have for bone crunching punches and unlimited ammo usage. I am not knocking all action films, just the bad ones that we pass for entertainment. There is one thing that amazes me though and that is the international film market for action movies.
Hong Kong hit the scenes with the John Woo classics that look like American films pumped up on the juice and it showed. It set the standard for duel wielding guns with an almost ballet like style to the gun fights. Then for those kung fu enthusiasts, look no further to Thailand that reinvigorate the fight genre with Ong Bak and making Tony Jaa a household name. But for the ultimate in cinematic satisfaction, we look to Welsh director Gareth Evans and his Indonesian film, The Raid: Redemption.