Today officially marks ten years since the action-thriller The Raid: Redemption was released in movie theaters, and action movies haven't been the same since. Gareth Evans' stylized movie told the tale of a squad of cops that must ascend a high rise in pursuit of a ruthless drug lord. Though its premise may sound trite, the film was anything but that, earning praise for its unique fight choreography, intense set pieces, stunt work, camera framing, and its surprisingly personal storyline. With ten years now in the rearview mirror, fans of the film starring Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, and Yayan Ruhian, have taken to social media to celebrate it.
Prior to The Raid Uwais and Ruhnian had collabroated with Evans on another film, 2009's Merantau, which would pave the way for the breakout success of The Raid. After its release the pair would go on to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Beyond Skyline, and The Night Comes For Us, with Ruhnian also appearing in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parrabellum and Uwais starring in Snake Eyes. The film was Taslim's third feature film as an actor, but would lead to him collaborating with director Justin Lin on Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond, plus landing the role of Sub-Zero in WB's Mortal Kombat movie.
Three years after The Raid came its follow-up, the highly anticipated The Raid 2: Berandal. Uwais reprised his part as Rama with Ruhnian returning to play a new character. Evans revealed that he had developed a third film in the series but eventually decided against making it. A live-action, American remake for Netflix is officially in the works with Michael Bay producing.
10 years and The Raid still slaps. Simple premise, cracking choreo and savage as fuck.
The only thing that could beat it is the The Raid 2. pic.twitter.com/CAFz5F82lS— Amanda Robertson (@AmandaelPanda) March 23, 2022
A great looking film
The Raid, which was released 10 years ago today, gets a lot of attention for its action sequences, but its shot compositions by Matt Flannery & Dimas Imam Subhono don't get spotlighted enough. It's a great looking film. Here's a thread dedicated to the cinematography in The Raid. pic.twitter.com/HKoptpGB5d— Yoko Higuchi (@theYokoHiguchi) March 23, 2022
Not many or any films have come close
‘The Raid’ is 10 years old today and since then, not many or any films have come close to touching the fight choreography from there or the sequel. So, so good. 🤌🏽🤌🏽— Carl 🦩 (@deadeditors_) March 23, 2022
One of the best
THE RAID is 10 years old today. One of the best times I've ever had in a theater. One of the best action movie ever. pic.twitter.com/I9zy2rQGxG— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) March 23, 2022
I never get tired of watching
Happy 10th to one of the greatest action movies of all time , The Raid :Redemption . A movie I never get tired of watching and be amazed by, can we just get a Raid 3 now pic.twitter.com/n2lzMsrBdD— Brian Taylor (@BTnTHX) March 23, 2022
It's that good
In my heart, every day is The Raid's anniversary— Tyler Cheshire (@yeahlikethecat) March 23, 2022
Top 5 greatest martial arts films ever
Happy 10 yr anniversary to one of the top 5 greatest martial arts films ever created. If you haven’t watched The Raid, do it now. Thank me later. pic.twitter.com/yWOMF0d06m— TASK the Pimp Hand of Khonshu (@UpToTASK) March 23, 2022
It's the 10th anniversary of The Raid, if you haven't yet seen this film. It's not too late to correct that. Simply a fantastic action movie pic.twitter.com/mOFPJaBzYi— Paul Dee-Pay-Oh-La (@PaulDePaola) March 23, 2022
Hollering with amazement
First time I ever saw Iko Uwais onscreen in anything. Watched it over beers with my roommates at the time, and we were practically hollering with amazement. https://t.co/7Ee2GikBer pic.twitter.com/zt7Sv0DGkQ— Indrapramit Das (@IndrapramitDas) March 23, 2022