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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. Since the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year (where it won the Midnight Madness Award), the title has been the recipient of endless praise, continuing when it was shown earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Luckily American audiences don't have to wait much longer to see the film, as it hits theaters on March 23rd, but today brings two pieces of news about the movie: it has a new title and a new trailer.
The project is now going by the title The Raid: Redemption and you can watch the new preview below, courtesy of Yahoo!
The movie still looks great, but I really don't understand the motivation behind changing the title. Adding the subtitle actually makes it seem like a sequel, and people could very well be turned off simply because they might want to catch the non-existent first film before they see the new one. Also, what's wrong with just calling the movie The Raid? It's short, simple, and does a solid job explaining what the movie is about. What more do you want from a title?
The film follows an elite unit of 20 police officers who make their move to take down a local crimelord who lives at the top of 30-floor apartment building. Sounds simple enough, right? Not when every floor is filled with tons of murderers, rapists and thieves who will do everything they can to stop the unit from reaching the top floor.