Before 2009, few martial arts film fans had ever heard of the traditional Indonesian combat style of silat, let alone seen a film from that part of the world. That all changed when writer/director Gareth Huw Evans made fan favourite Merantau, which ushered young fighter Iko Uwais into the celluloid arena. Uwais and Evans have teamed up again for The Raid, a fresh assault of fists and feet that has already been tagged as a martial-arts fusion of Die Hard and Assault on Precinct 13.
In the heart of Jakarta lies a rundown apartment infested with druggies and drifters. It’s ruled by Tama, a ruthless drug lord who uses the tenement to shelter his junkie customers, as well as his pushers, enforcers and killers. The apartment block is considered untouchable by even the bravest of police — until one morning when, cloaked under dawn’s darkness, an elite swat team led by Rama (Uwais) sweeps in. when their cover is blown, Tama’s men lash back with a hellish fury, unleashing a hail of bullets that cuts the team of lawmen down by half. with their exits blocked and munitions running low, Rama and his men must rally their energy and face off against a hive of vicious killers.
As Rama’s squad races between the rooms and floors of the building, the stakes get higher and higher, and director Evans uses this maze to bring numerous innovative kills and action gags to the screen. He builds set piece upon set piece, including a knock-’em-down brawl in the building’s drug lab.
The Raid starts with a simple premise and makes no pretensions about showing its audience non-stop, bone-crunching ass-whuppings administered by its star. Comparisons to Tony Jaa are quick to come by, but Uwais stands apart. His warm screen presence and flexible dramatic edge — not to mention his awesome fighting skills — are bound to win him new fans. –TIFF
Gareth Evans is a Welsh film director based in Indonesia. He is most well known for introducing Indonesian traditional martial art, Silat, into world cinema. Pairing up with Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais whom he discovered during the making of a documentary, Gareth has directed two action movies based on Silat. Gareth graduated from University of Glamorgan in film making. —Wikipedia
Achievement Unlocked: bicycling, driving, swimming, cooking, russian alphabet... Achievement to be Unlocked: pencak silat.
the part of me that totally loves shit like this probably isn't my noblest attribute, but if you're in the mood for 2 hours of unbridled ass-kicking-bloodbath, this is about as good as it gets. surprisingly engaging (and refreshingly CGI free) fight choreography... i hope there are a half dozen sequels.
Adrenalina pura per un'ora e mezza di azione selvaggia, con coltellate e colpi brutali che si sentono nelle ossa.Schizofrenico e claustrofobico: un palazzo fatiscente da espugnare, i buoni da una parte e i cattivi dall'altra. La storia dei due fratelli risulta assolutamente inutile.Combattimenti esagerati, con una durata forse eccessiva, ma con un montaggio e dei movimenti di camera notevoli.Action pura.3*
A first roundup follows the festival’s trailer and the obligatory bit of general throat-clearing.
The Austin Chronicle, Filmmaker, indieWIRE, Twitch and more pick out their highlights.
Plus: An impressive new trailer for Gareth Huw Evans’s The Raid.
Also: The video games and songs of 2011.
Action from Indonesia, musical comedy from Lebanon, global warming in the Maldives and more.
The Raid est un film surprenant dans le sens où il est Indonésien, a des fonds américains et possède un réalisateur gallois, Gareth Evans. Assez cosmopolite tout cela. Evans est d’ailleurs un habitu… read review
The Raid lands on DVD and Blu-Ray and Eastern Film Fans brings you the review of what people say is the action film of the year so will you be Raiding your piggy bank to pick this up ?
The story… read review
Il gallese Gareth Evans ritorna dopo il bel Merantau all’arte marziale indonesiana, il pencak silat. Lo fa con uno dei film più chiacchierati della stagione, quel The Raid che fin dalle prime immagini… read review