There’s one thing I always find funny about how I operate as a cineophile. You see, I love seeing new films at the cinema, and I try to see 80% of everything that comes out that way, but that’s not to say I don’t catch classic films that get shown on the big screen from time to time. But that doesn’t happen that often, so it’s safe to say I tend to mostly watch only new films within the confines of the theatre.
When it comes to DVD’s and Blu-rays though, I’m a mixed bag. Video stores are few and far between these days, with one recently having a closing down sale, which was good for me, as I walked away with 55 Blu-ray’s at $2 each! But that aside, normally when I go to one I tend to only pick films I haven’t seen before. Why? Well, most likely the new releases are films I had seen recently at the cinema, so it’s the ones I haven’t seen that interest me the most.
Though this rule only applies when I go by myself to pick films I’m going to watch, but if I’m going with friends or a partner, I love nothing more than picking films I’ve seen and loved, and I get to introduce them to this cinematic masterpiece. Over the years, due to the fact these video stores were closing, and I started collecting my own as overall prices dropped, it got to a point where I would go less and less to rent, and instead would buy them. This also means that when I have friends or girl friends over now, and we want to watch a movie, I have my very own video store collection to pick from with 5-600 films.
Which brings me to the other night, when I had a friend staying for a couple of nights on her way up north, and she felt like a movie, but trusted I’d know what to pick with my extensive film knowledge, and collection. I knew better than that, as I needed more to go off, and so asked what she felt like, and she said a comedy or action. That, was all I needed, as I turned to my collection, and one of the first films I saw, which made my top 10 films of 2012, was the recently bought $2 ex-rental Blu-ray, The Raid, and I knew I didn’t have to look any further.
Now, I’ve seen a lot of martial arts action films! I’ve also seen a lot of foreign cinema! But one thing I’ve never seen is an Indonesian film, let alone an Indonesian martial arts action film! That was until I saw The Raid at the cinemas back in 2012, but sitting down to see it again in 2014 reminded me why this is simply the best modern day martial arts action film I’ve ever seen! Great writing, decent acting, amazing action, genuine tension, and directing as slick as anything Hollywood can do!
This was simply a kick ass film that all males should see on the big screen with their mates! Failing that, watching it at home is the next best thing, and is it just for the guys? Well, my friend loved it, so clearly there is something in there for the girls as well! Awesome movie!
9.5 out of 10 from me!!!