A U.S. trailer for Gareth Evans’s insane actioner The Raid has gone online. The film is apparently being billed as The Raid: Redemption here in the US, but it’s the same crazy action movie that’s had people buzzing for the last few months. Our own Matt Goldberg hailed it as “one of the best action movies in years” and Screen Gems is already hard at work on an English-language remake. The Indonesian pic boasts a simple premise: 20 elite SWAT team members must make their way up the treacherous floors of a criminal-infested highrise in order to get to the gang’s leader. As you can surmise, some ridiculous action sequences ensue and many of them are on full display in this US trailer. The film is the first in a planned trilogy from Evans, and he recently spoke to Steve at the Sundance Film Festival a bit about his plans for the follow-ups.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The Raid: Redemption opens on March 23rd.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Raid: Redemption:
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.