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The Raid: Redemption
Bananas, absolutely bananas. What do action fans want out of action movies? Why yes, it is nonstop, bone-crunching action, and Gareth Evan’s “The Raid: Redemption” delivers that and more. There isn’t much story beyond a cop taking part in what is essentially a suicide mission to roust a gang of thugs from the high-rise housing project that serves as a criminal fortress. After that brief introduction, “The Raid: Redemption” proceeds to pummel you about the head and neck with fistfights, shootouts, machete wielding psychopaths, and more mayhem than you can shake a stick at. Along with “Cabin in the Woods”, “The Raid” came closest to blowing my mind this year.