Gareth Evan’s stunning looking martial arts flick, The Raid, is getting one Hell of a reputation. Fans simply cannot wait to see what looks to be one of the most amazing fight films EVER put on screen! The film played at the Toronto Film Festival last year and picked up the Midnight Madness Award. Sony Pictures Gems then quickly bought the rights (a wise choice) and have said they plan to release the film “sometime in Spring 2012” The Raid is now gearing up for its US premier at Sundance, and then the UK premier will happen at Film Four’s Frightfest at the Glasgow Film Festival in February (details here)
My God, I don’t think I have been this excited about a martial arts flick since Ong Bak was released. Ong Bak changed the way we enjoyed martial arts films, and The Raid simply blows everything you have seen before out of the water. Need proof? Well, just check out the quite brilliant clip below which features some of the most stunning fight scenes you will have seen in years. The realism and the terrific use of camera show off something quite special, and like nothing you have ever seen before. The Raid is quite simply going to pulverise all martial arts films that have come before it, and I am close to pissing my pants with excitement!
If you REALLY need further proof, then check out the previous trailer here
Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Director Gareth Evans (Merantau) and rising martial- arts star Iko Uwais reunite in this adrenaline-fueled action film.
By Matt Wavish
(UPDATE) A Second clip has now been added which features even more violence and some fantastic gun shots! JoBlo.com got hold of this one, and there is a third clip which features one man against four in another corridor scene, but sadly that clip is not available in the UK, yet. We will keep our eyes open for it though!