New Images from THE RAID 2 Provide Neat 3D Effect; Atlanta Readers Should Come to Saturday Night’s Atlanta Film Festival Screening

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Even though The Raid 2 officially opened last Friday, it was in limited release, so if you don’t live in New York or L.A., it needs to say on your radar if you liked the first movie.  New images have been released promoting the movie, and they provide a cool 3D effect by putting the motion of a GIF overlapped with a white background.  Please note that the movie is not in 3D, but these images are catchy.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Also, if you live in Atlanta, please come out to the Atlanta Film Festival screening on Saturday night at 11pmThis is a movie you want to see with a crowd, and everyone willing to come out late on a Saturday night is going to be pumped for some ultra-violence.  Tickets are only $10, so click here to go to the purchase page.

THE RAID 2 Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The Raid 2 opens today in limited release.]

When Gareth EvansThe Raid premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, audiences were floored. It was as if someone had smacked us in the face about 800 times, and showed us that the action being churned out by Hollywood wasn’t half as effective as it could be. No amount of CGI could ever pack the punch of a perfectly choreographed, perfectly shot, and perfectly edited fight scene. The original’s barebones plot allowed the movie to mainline the action and get the adrenaline pumping. It also created high expectations for The Raid 2. Whereas the first movie was mean and lean, the sequel is epic and explosive with a twisting crime drama serving as the backdrop for some of the best action scenes you’ll ever see. The violence is brutal; the set pieces are brilliant; and the movie hits so hard that your grandchildren will have bruises.

Deleted Scene from THE RAID 2 Features Bullets and Buckets of Blood in an All-Out Gang War

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An extended deleted scene from The Raid 2 has been released online.  The film picks up directly after the events of the first pic, as rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) must go undercover in the criminal underworld to protect his wife and infant son after his raid of a gangster-ridden high-rise attracted the attention of some very bad, powerful people.  I haven’t seen the film since January (my review), so I don’t know where this scene would take place or the reasoning behind it.  Honestly, the details don’t really matter since it’s an action showcase that doesn’t show any of the main characters.  Instead, it’s yet another example of director Gareth Evans‘ skill at directing action, and the movie’s extreme violence.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The Raid 2 opens in limited release on March 28th.

Standby Line Available for Tonight’s L.A. Screening of THE RAID 2

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Last week, we announced that we were giving away tickets to an early L.A. screening of Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 (a film Matt rather enjoyed).  The film picks up directly after the events of the first pic, as rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) must go undercover in the criminal underworld to protect his wife and infant son after his raid of a gangster-ridden high-rise has attracted the attention of some very bad and very powerful people.  If you were unable to get on the list for tonight’s screening in Hollywood, you still might have a chance to see the bloody mayhem.  There will be a line for standby tickets, so if you want to try for those, arrive at the Harmony Gold Theatre (7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90046) before 6:45 as we’re going to let standby folks in at 6:50, and the screening will start at 7pm followed by a Q&A with Evans.  It’s going to be a fun night.

The Raid 2 opens March 28th.  Hope to see some of you tonight.  If you’ve got any questions leave a comment and I’ll answer them.

First Poster for Gareth Evans’ THE RAID 2: BERANDAL Offers up a Mosaic of Violence

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The Raid 2 is a big film both in terms of action and in plot, so perhaps it’s fitting that the new poster for it is packed with images from the movie.  For those unfamiliar with the plot of the sequel, it picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to uncover the corruption in his own police force.  There’s also a lot of intrigue amongst the crime factions as the look to consolidate power.  You may notice that my review is quoted at the top of the poster, but I wanted to provide the full quote for clarity: “Like the first movie, the story is serviceable enough to get to the action scenes, and taken solely on the basis of the individual set pieces, The Raid 2 is one of the greatest action movies ever made.”

Hit the jump to check out the poster for The Raid 2: Berandal, and click here for Steve’s lengthy interview with director Gareth Evans.  The film opens on March 28th.

TOP 5: Sundance 2014, THE RAID 2 Trailer, Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT, New Trailer/Promo for Disney’s MALEFICENT, STAR WARS News

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If you’ve yet to check out writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12, what are you waiting for? The film hit shelves on Blu-ray/DVD on January 14th, rendering the “it’s not playing anywhere near me” excuse invalid. I had the opportunity to watch it last weekend and I was blown away. Much has been made of Brie Larson‘s performance and for good reason: it’s terrific. She’s not alone in that regard, though. The turns by Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield are nothing short of excellent and, in particular, a scene between Stanfield and John Gallagher Jr. in which Stanfield’s character, Marcus, bares his emotional scars via an original rap verse is equal parts heartbreaking and jaw-dropping. Watching Short Term 12 is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll laugh, cry, feel anger, love, hope, and despair. You’ll catch a glimpse of just how lonely a life can be and, at the same time, appreciate how opening ourselves up to the possibility of trust and love is a powerful decision that doesn’t come easily for all of us.

My Blu-ray/DVD recommendation of the week in the books, this week’s Top 5 highlights all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date, a new trailer for The Raid 2 (including Matt’s Sundance review), Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight script leak, a new trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and a variety of news from the Star Wars: Episode VII camp. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Sundance 2014: THE RAID 2 Review

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When Gareth EvansThe Raid premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, audiences were floored.  It was as if someone had smacked us in the face about 800 times, and showed us that the action being churned out by Hollywood wasn’t half as effective as it could be.  No amount of CGI could ever pack the punch of a perfectly choreographed, perfectly shot, and perfectly edited fight scene.  The original’s barebones plot allowed the movie to mainline the action and get the adrenaline pumping.  It also created high expectations for The Raid 2.  Whereas the first movie was mean and lean, the sequel is epic and explosive with a twisting crime drama serving as the backdrop for some of the best action scenes you’ll ever see.  The violence is brutal; the set pieces are brilliant; and the movie hits so hard that your grandchildren will have bruises.

New Trailer for Gareth Evans’ THE RAID 2

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Sony Pictures Classics has released new trailer for The Raid 2 ahead of tonight’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.  The sequel picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.  The sheer scale on display in this trailer makes the first film seem like a micro-budget mumblecore drama, as director Gareth Evans looks to have ramped things up considerably for the follow-up.  There’s a subway fight, a car fight, a warehouse fight, and a car chase all in this one trailer, and the film’s 148-minute runtime ensures that there is still plenty more to come.  The action, unsurprisingly, is insane, and I’m sure the Sundance crowd will be going nuts later this evening.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and check back late tonight or tomorrow for Matt’s review from Sundance.  The film also stars Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias MuchusTio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman.  The Raid 2 opens in wide release on March 28th.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2014 Movies: January to March

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A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to.  It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter.  The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more.  In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014.  Read on after the jump.

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL Writer-Director Gareth Evans Comments on the Sequel, THE RAID 3, Action Sequences, VFX Work and Deleted Scenes on Blu-ray

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While receiving positive reactions to the recently released trailer for his upcoming film The Raid 2: Berandal, writer-director Gareth Evans took to Twitter to further comment on the action-packed sequel.  In addition to talking about the film’s timeline and where it and The Raid 3 take place in the series, Evans revealed some of the statistics behind the scenes of the epic action sequences and the progress of the VFX process.  Evans even mentioned, briefly, some of the content that will be available on the eventual Blu-ray/DVD.

Starring Iko Uwais (The Raid), Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias MuchusTio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif RahmanThe Raid 2: Berandal opens March 28, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what Evans had to say.

First Full Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

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The first full trailer for writer-director Gareth Evan’s The Raid 2: Berandal is now online.  The previously released teaser trailer showed action hero Rama (Iko Uwais) incarcerated and a recent press release answered just why that was.  In this new trailer, much more plot information is divulged in a subdued build up to the necessary action montage.  There are a couple of glimpses of fight sequences that beg a longer viewing but we’ll have to wait until Sundance 2014 at the earliest to see how they all play out.

The film also stars Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias MuchusTio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman.  The Raid 2: Berandal opens March 28, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see what Evans had to say about The Raid films here.

Gareth Evans’ THE RAID 2 Set to Unleash More Violent Mayhem on March 28, 2014

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The Raid 2 will be one of the hottest tickets at Sundance next year, but general audiences won’t have to wait too long to see director Gareth Evans‘ next bout of action insanity.  Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films have announced that they will be releasing the movie on March 28, 2014.  Per the press release, The Raid 2 “picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.”  Since Sony Pictures Classics is an indie distributor, I assume The Raid 2 will get a limited release and expand in the following weeks, so it won’t really be in competition with any wide release movie.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film also stars Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman.

Teaser Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

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The teaser trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal has gone online, and one thing is for certain: walls ain’t got nothing on Rama (Iko Uwais).  Filming took 100 days, but the brief trailer shows there’s a whole new mess of trouble.  Director Gareth Evans has said the new film picks up two hours after the first one ended, but the teaser trailer raises the question of why Rama has landed in prison.  While is incarceration may be a mystery, there’s no doubt that his fists of fury haven’t lost a beat.  Evans says the sequel will have over an hour of action, and as you’ll see, this is just a brief taste of the madness to come.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans from Sundance 2011.  The film also stars  Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman.  The Raid 2: Berandal is due out next year.

First Teaser Art for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL; Director Gareth Evans Says There Will Be over an Hour of Action

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Director Gareth Evans set a high bar for himself with The Raid 2.  The story was bare-bones, but it was in service to a movie where the point was to show characters breaking bones.  Evans has been keeping fans in the loop on the movie from the first day of the 100-day shoot.  He’s also revealed that the story takes place two hours after the first movie ends, and there will be a “cool fight scene where you go inside a car, fighting against four people as it’s speeding along a one-way.”  Yesterday, he tweeted “Last I checked – the action alone clocked in around 1hr 5mins mark.”  Presumably, the movie is 1 hour and 6 minutes long.  He also tweeted, “We have 17 action sequences in the film – so there’s going to be a lot fresh material unspoiled by any teaser or trailer we release.”

Hit the jump to check out the first teaser art from the movie, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans about the film from Sundance 2011.  Iko Uwais will return to lead the picture and he’ll be joined by Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman.  Evans hopes to release the movie next year.

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