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The two Indonesian films that make up The Raid series have become incredibly popular in the US in recent years. However, they have yet to gain what could be called true mainstream acceptance. This is perfect territory for the good old Hollywood remake.
After The Raid pummeled action movie fans worldwide in 2011, an American remake was quickly put into development. That project has been delayed and pushed off a number of times, and it turns out it's because they can't find the right star.
So now they still have to land a director and a cast, and we probably won’t get our eyes on it for at least another year or two. Personally, I’d much rather all the anticipation and marketing efforts going towards the Evans-directed sequel that begins filming in January.
One element that I really love about writer/director Gareth Evans' The Raid: Redemption is the way that it completely ignores human biology. Characters in that movie are shot, stabbed, kicked, punched and slammed into walls, yet the heroes would just dust themselves off and move on to the next fight. It's not hard to imagine that every surviving character was rushed to a hospital immediately after the events of the film...
This year is backed with big Hollywood blockbuster action films, from the superhero adventures of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, to thrillers like The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall. But even the biggest action fans might be overlooking one title: Gareth Evans' The Raid.