The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Raid Films • The Raid

The Raid

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We kick off our new series looking at Gareth Evans Indonesian action saga starting with his 2011 film “The Raid”, or “The Raid: Redemption” as it was released in the States. Just another action movie or something that feels like it’s excelling and adding something to the landscape of action cinema? Tune in!

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“Just because you see what I do as wrong doesn’t mean I can’t be good at it.”

We’re heading in to take down the big bad in The Raid.

Gareth Huw Evans wasn’t making headway with his directing career in his home country of Wales, so moving to Indonesia to work in a project there at the suggestion of his wife – who happens to be from Indonesia – seemed like a good idea. It was there he learned more about the Pencak silat style of martial arts and where he met Iko Uwais. Uwais not only performs silat brilliantly, but also looks good and acts well on screen. That’s when they decided to make movies together. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our series looking at Evans Raid films starting with his 2011 film The Raid: Redemption.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

If the elements in this film feel like your typical action film, why does this film work so much better than those? Is it Evans’ direction? The performances by Uwais and the rest of the cast? The stunts? The camerawork? To a certain extent, this film feels very much like a video game. That sense of the levels and intensifying action throughout lends to this sensibility. For critics like Roger Ebert, it doesn’t work very well. For us, though, it’s easy to enjoy.

We talk about the nature of the story, the elements that make it stand up over other action fare, the stunts, the camera work, the performances, and more. It’s a thrill ride and we have a great time watching and discussing it. Check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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