Nikita (Ivan Kotik) is a former Russian operative and an honourable war hero. He is a human weapon and skilled fighter, plus he has a dark past which haunts him daily. Soon Nikita accepts a job to take control of a private factory, allowing his boss to take over the business. Joining him to complete the job, is a group of young men who might seem reckless at first, but they are also highly skilled fighters.
As they enter the factory and begin making their way to top management, Nikita and his men engage in many fights. As a team, they soon make some unexpected discoveries about the factory and the real power behind it all. But as for Nikita, he had other plans in mind all along. You see, Nikita has been planning a secret mission which will allow him to take revenge on a dangerous and violent warlord, and Nikita wants blood.
As a plot, Russian Raid is acceptable and somewhat familiar. We gain an insight to Nikita’s past when he was a child and his reasons for revenge. The way this film introduces this character is slightly vague and rushed. Also, a group of men in one location fighting their way to the top is a plot that is quite familiar in cinema, especially with films like The Raid: Redemption (2011).
The action here is questionable. While the film is filled with fight scenes and frequent punches and kicks, the filming style is questionable like Nikita’s introduction. When the action happens on screen it is evident that the hits are never actually connecting. While this might seem picky, it is undoubtedly a distraction while watching this film and trying to find enjoyment. There are also fight scenes sped up to make the characters look even more skilled when it comes to fighting. Again, it is obvious this action is not real and distracts from any realism the film could have achieved. As the film progresses, it’s quite apparent the film’s direction won’t treat viewers to any real shock or surprise. Characters are somewhat weak, and I was surprised to find myself not engaged with the plot or even the leading man.
Overall, if you’re seeking a brainless action film that’s loaded with fists and kicks, Russian Raid is for the most part a good film. There are many elements done right, such as the general action that’s presented on screen. But sadly, there are also many moments which miss opportunities, including character developments, predictable plot, and a filming style for the action sequences which is questionable and distracting.
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