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The Raid: Redemption, for those of you who haven't seen it (and that's a lot of you, since the movie wasn't a massive hit in America), follows a SWAT team as they find themselves locked in an apartment complex run by an evil villain. Most of these guys, it's worth noting, are not badasses, so they fall quickly. But Rama (Iko Uwais) knows a thing or two about kicking some ass, so he manages to fight his way to the top, side-scroller-style.
Are you a good looking, decently athletic male leading man? Do you love the feeling of getting the crap kicked out of you repeatedly, take after take, by stuntmen who have no mercy for your whining? Well then, your name might be Taylor Kitsch, because that's exactly who is now up to tackle the English-language remake of The Raid.
He got plenty toasty in the aftermath of Hydra's failed plot to take over the world, but it seems certain he'll be back, as Rumlow in the comics becomes the evil Crossbones.
It doesn't really take that much thought to come to the realization that a remake of Gareth Evans' Indonesian action film The Raid is a pretty bad idea. The real attraction of the original isn't the story, but rather the absolutely stunning stunt work and fight choreography performed by the cast.
We’re two days away from getting smashed in the face/hands/back/chest with the theatrical release of Gareth Evans’ action-deluged sequel The Raid 2, and Sony Pictures Classics has unleashed a clip from the film that is certain to drive you up the wall and back with vehicular fisticuffs. And if that’s not enough, we also have a five-minute long deleted scene that features just as much action (if not more) than everything in theaters right now. Suck it, 300: Rise of an Empire.
The Australian filmmaker's history is filled with a few popular shorts, including the clever paper-based office romance Signs, but he moved into the feature world with 2010’s enjoyable western thriller Red Hill. Not a perfect debut, but one that remained exciting and was a good indicator of Hughes’ potential.
The Raid: Redemption is one of those movies that’s so bare bones that one could remake it for America and no one would even realize it. The first wasn’t exactly a crossover smash, pulling in $4.1 million domestically. And the whole highrise fighting element is basically a sidescrolling beat-‘em-up video game.
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, the industry’s top action directors choreographed breathless scenes in dingy Indonesian tenements, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in cramped European hotel rooms and beneath the streets of Gotham City. Here are the 10 Best Action Scenes from 2012.
IMDB lists Taslim’s character as Jah, while Deadline describes the enemy as “a cold-blooded killer who uses martial arts and parkour skills to fight against the Fast crew.” The site makes the inevitable connection to Jet Li transitioning from Asian cinema to a villain’s role in Lethal Weapon 4
OK, so I get that in the original Judge Dredd movie the character wears a helmet, and in the comics he never takes it off-- but even though they've compromised by showing the lower half of Urban's face, it still takes a lot away from his charisma and from any attachment you can develop for the character.
In America, we don't really make straightforward action movies anymore, preferring our heroes who beat up the bad guys to be wearing superhero costumes or driving fast cars. But all of a sudden, in Indonesia, the action movie is getting an amazing revival,
Moviehole columnist Adam Frazier and I continue to weigh in on the South By Southwest film festival, jumping on camera whenever time allows to record quick video reactions to the various films programmed at this amazing Austin event
Here are quick hits on what I’ve seen since. I’ll start at the bottom and work my way up to the top, which means we begin with Frankie Goes Boom, my first -- and so far only -- bust of this year’s fest.
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.
The sequel, which producers hope to begin filming toward the end of 2012, will return action star Iko Uwais and his director, Gareth Huw Evans, for a feature tentatively titled Berendal. As is the case with most sequels, this one will have a larger budget than its predecessor, though details are being kept in the dark about where the story might go from here
Those paying attention to films that played past festivals – and left with great acclaim – will be thrilled to see that SXSW 2012 has programmed Gareth Evans’ The Raid, Bobcat Goldthwait’s pitch-black God Bless America, and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe
Saturday was hands-down the worst weather I'd ever seen in Park City. The day started off with heavy snow and pretty much never let up, which made every single shuttle bus-- the crucial link to getting anywhere in town-- slow to a crawl, and walking down even the slightest incline a major challenge
Last year's Toronto International Film Festival premiered many of the films that are now very much involved in the on-going awards race, but there was one title in particular that caught a lot of people's attention: Gareth Evans' The Raid. An epic action film out of Indonesia, critics that saw the movie during its midnight screening couldn't have loved it more...
Sony Pictures Classics is gearing up to distribute The Raid, and might even bring the TIFF smash to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Deadline also confirms that Sony Pictures Classics honchos Tom Bernard and Michael Barker aim to release The Raid in U.S. theaters next spring.
Apparently the deal is done and it will be produced by XYZ Films, which produced the original, and Evans will executive produce (but will neither write nor direct the English-language version). However – and this is important – the fight choreographers who filled the screen with bone-crunching violence will be involved with the U.S. production.
The film was the only Midnight Madness entry to have distribution before TIFF, so was it the tremendous audience reaction that inspired Screen Gems to remake the film, or was that the intention from the moment Sony Pictures WA purchased it? I only hope the original film is allowed to make the rounds theatrically now that the remake has been announced
I hadn't heard of Gareth Evans' Indonesian action film The Raid before last night. Up late and regularly updating Twitter, I noticed a string of overwhelmingly positive comments about the movie coming out of the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. I made a mental note of it and today the first redband trailer has arrived online.