Directed by Gareth Evans, The Raid: Redemption is basically one long fight scene full of shoot-outs, machete duels, and some of the craziest choreography of the 21st century. The movie follows a SWAT team that's determined to take out a notorious Jakarta crime lord (Ray Sahetapy). The only problem is this guy is holed up in a fortified apartment full of psycho killers ready to ambush the cops. The titular raid does not go according to plan and soon the SWAT officers are fighting for their lives. This film is packed with incredible fight scenes, but if we could only choose one to make our list, we'd have to pick the epic three-way throwdown between Mad Dog and the brothers.
The film's hero Rama (Iko Uwais) has an ulterior motive for raiding the tower. His brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah) works for the drug lord and Rama plans to bring him back home. When the crime lord's right-hand man, Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian), discovers the nature of their relationship, he begins torturing Andi…until Rama shows up, ready for a fistfight that runs over five minutes long.
At first, the brothers are no match for Mad Dog. This guy is clearly the superior fighter, spending the early minutes of the fight flipping his foes, throwing nasty elbows and vicious knees, and making these guys look like amateurs. But after Andi plunges a shard of glass into Mad Dog's neck, the brothers get the upper hand, kicking and punching their way to victory before slitting the mobster's throat.
Thanks to the brilliant stunt work and cinematography, the punches here look like they're actually landing, and the scene gets so brutal that it almost feels like we're getting kneed in the gut or slammed against a wall ourselves. That's probably because Uwais and Ruhian are martial arts experts, both trained in the Indonesian style of pencak silat. The two also served as fight choreographers, and as a result, the Mad Dog-brothers beat down is possibly the best action scene to ever come out of Indonesia.