The Raid: Redemption was a surprising success back in 2011. It introduced audiences around the world to Indonesian cinema, while also sparking a new interest in the martial arts sub-genre. The unrelenting violence of the original film was its trademark style, and audiences enjoyed the absurd stunts and gritty sequences of hand-to-hand combat. The plot was simple and straightforward, which meant the audience didn’t have to focus as much on the subtitles or dubbed dialogue. Furthermore, the film was able to pull of some interesting twists despite the dialogue handicap. It also featured a memorable tense soundtrack and the visual texture of the film was perfect for the material.