Wow.  What an experience.

I’m not quite as shellshocked after this as I was after watching The Raid: Redemption, but this was still a beautifully brutal experience.

I do have to say that I think the original was better.  The Raid 2: Berandal was amazing, intense, and had some mind-boggling choreography – both for the fight scenes and the car chase – but the original The Raid: Redemption maintained a relatively consistent level of intensity/action/brutality throughout, whereas this film had more of a tendency to ebb and flow.  So in one respect I’m disappointed, but in another I’m still flabbergasted.  For example, please don’t ever explain how they did the shot where the camera is outside the car, goes in one broken window, goes all of the way through the car, and goes out another broken window IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLEEDIN’ CAR CHASE!

That’s a particular piece of filmmaking magick that I don’t ever want spoiled.