While American audiences must endure summer snoozefests starring '80s action heros rehashing their glory days, a number of East Asian studios are filling the void with a graphic reimagining of the genre. The bloody jewel atop this brutal cinematic crown is Merantu Film's The Raid: Redemption. It's Old Boy meets Man from Nowhere times a thousand.

The film follows a 20-man Indonesian SWAT team as they unwittingly conduct an illegal raid on a heavily fortified Jakarta apartment complex that's been annexed by a vicious gang lord for use as his personal hotel and safe house. But when the mission goes sideways, the cops find themselves trapped in a maze of halls and stairwells, hunted by overwhelming hordes of armed thugs whose sole goal is their complete extermination.

Advertisement

However, for the team's new rookie, this house of horrors becomes a veritable smorgasbord of close quarters combat. Because when death lurks behind each door and window—even hidden within the walls—the most mundane household items become potentially lethal weapons. [iTunes, Google Play]