Before today, I had never heard of Indonesian director Gareth Evans’ The Raid. However, this morning everyone was talking about the rave reviews the action flick received from its screening at the Toronto Film Festival late last night, and after you watch this trailer you’ll understand why. Seriously, the trailer is absolutely brutal action from wall-to-wall. The pic centers on an elite police squad that scales a 30-story high rise in order to take down a kingpin. That’s it. That’s the plot of the whole movie. If the finished product is anything like this trailer, I’m definitely in. The score for the film is being done by Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda. Hit the jump to watch the very NSFW red band trailer.
[Update: We’ve added some new images and an official synopsis after the jump.]
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s the poster [from Badass Digest]:
Here are the new images [click to enlarge]:
Finally, here’s the official synopsis for The Raid:
In the heart of Jakarta lies a rundown apart¬ment infested with druggies and drifters. It’s ruled by a ruthless drug lord who uses the tenement to shelter his junkie customers, pushers, enforcers and brutal killers. The apartment block is considered untouch¬able by even the bravest of police—until one early morning when, cloaked under dawn’s dark¬ness, an elite SWAT team, led by officer Rama (Uwais), raids the peril-filled structure. As Rama’s squad races between the maze of rooms and floors, encountering a barrage of gunfire, machetes, and ruthless hand-to-hand combat around every corner, the stakes get higher and higher building to an explosive crescendo and an ultimate battle.