We’re proud to premiere the final poster for The Raid: Redemption. It’s the only movie I saw at Sundance that I recommend without hesitation. Everyone who loves action movies should see this. The martial arts on display are mind-boggling, and director Gareth Evans knew how to shoot the hell out of every punch thrown and bullet fired. As for the new subtitle, I imagine it’s because The Raid is the first movie in a planned franchise. I don’t think it’s necessary, and it doesn’t really have much to do with the plot, which is about a SWAT team enduring a hellish fight through an apartment building in order to capture a crime boss. If the movie absolutely had to have a subtitle, I think “Good Times with Machetes” would be more fitting.
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As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.
Recently named one of 2012’s “Directors To Watch” by Variety – Gareth Huw Evans reteams on THE RAID with Iko Uwais, the star and fight choreographer of the cult sensation MARENTAU – which first brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat to global attention. Already a word-of-mouth sensation at the Toronto Film Festival, where it played to sold out crowds, the film is now poised to reach global audiences with a propulsive new score by alternative rocker/composers Mike Shinoda of “Linkin Park” and Joe Trepanese of “M83”.
THE RAID is written, edited and directed by Gareth Huw Evans, and stars Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy and Tegar Satrya. The film is produced by Ario Sagantoro and executive produced by R. Maya Barack-Evans, Irwan D. Mussry, Nate Bolotin and Todd Brown.
THE RAID is a production of Merantau Films in association with Celluloid Nightmares and XYZ Films. The film is a presentation of Sony Pictures Classics.