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Martial Arts Film Kicks Ass

Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 27th, 2012


If you are under the mistaken notion that the New Directors/New Films series currently unspooling in New York is exclusively for high art films, you may be surprised to see that the hit of the festival is in fact an Indonesian martial arts film that decisively kicks butt. THE RAID: REDEMPTION, directed by Gareth Evans, is a sensational genre movie that is destined to be one of the crossover hits of the year. The film first made waves at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and where arthouse distributor par excellence Sony Pictures Classics, in a decided move away from their traditional fare, picked it up for North American release. The reviews were strong again at the Sundance Film Festival and at international festivals. The film uses and twists classic action genre motifs to wield an uncommonly meditative experience for auditors, amidst the bone crushing, high flying action sequences. In the film, a police SWAT team storms a housing project ruled by gangsters and inhabited by machete-wielding lowlifes. However, the mission has been leaked, the tables are turned, and a dwindling band of elite fighters find themselves massively outnumbered in a lethal game of cat and mouse. What ensues is a relentless and savage succession of close-quarters shoot-outs and punishing martial-arts combat sequences, with each jaw-dropping smackdown unbelievably topping the previous one. This is one wild ride that has hit theaters this week. For more information and to view a trailer, visit:

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