Sneak Preview: THE RAID: REDEMPTION (Gareth Huw Evans, 2011)

Event Date: March 22, 2012 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

Melnitz Movies, XYZ Films, and Sony Pictures Classics present:


Before 2009, few martial arts film fans had ever heard of the traditional Indonesian combat style of silat, let alone seen a film from that part of the world. That all changed when writer/director Gareth Huw Evans made fan favorite MERANTAU, which ushered young fighter Iko Uwais into the cel­luloid arena. Uwais and Evans have teamed up again for THE RAID: REDEMPTION, a fresh assault of fists and feet that has already been tagged as a martial-arts fusion of DIE HARD and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.

In the heart of Jakarta lies a rundown apart­ment infested with druggies and drifters. It’s ruled by Tama, a ruthless drug lord who uses the tenement to shelter his junkie customers, as well as his pushers, enforcers and killers. The apartment block is considered untouch­able by even the bravest of police — until one morning when, cloaked under dawn’s dark­ness, an elite swat team led by Rama (Uwais) sweeps in. when their cover is blown, Tama’s men lash back with a hellish fury, unleashing a hail of bullets that cuts the team of lawmen down by half. with their exits blocked and munitions running low, Rama and his men must rally their energy and face off against a hive of vicious killers.

As Rama’s squad races between the rooms and floors of the building, the stakes get higher and higher, and director Evans uses this maze to bring numerous innova­tive kills and action gags to the screen. He builds set piece upon set piece, including a knock-’em-down brawl in the building’s drug lab.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION starts with a simple premise and makes no pretensions about show­ing its audience non-stop, bone-crunching ass-whuppings administered by its star. Comparisons to Tony Jaa are quick to come by, but Uwais stands apart. His warm screen presence and flexible dramatic edge — not to mention his awesome fighting skills — are bound to win him new fans.

Co-Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Nick Spicer (MFA '06), Aram Tertzakian (MFA '07), and Nate Bolotin (MFA '07), UCLA Producers Program alumni and founding partners of XYZ Films, will be present following the screening for a Q&A with UCLA professor Howard Suber.

Post-show reception in the James Bridges Theater lobby sponsored by UCLA's Producers Program

Audience Choice Award -- Midnight Madness, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, Stockholm International Film Festival
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival

“Audiences will be scrambling to find enough compound adjectives to describe Gareth Huw Evans hard-driving, butt-kicking, pulse-pounding, bone-crunching, skull-smashing, blood-curdling martial arts siege movie, THE RAID” –David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A near perfect action movie, paced tremendously, with bad guys who are genuinely awful, and shot in such a way that you feel every single punch or kick when it lands.” –Drew McWeeney, HitFix

“Not since Tony Jaa has an action star exploded onto the world stage with such fireworks. And as he demonstrates in THE RAID, Iko Uwais has the potential to be twice the star.” –Ryland Aldrich, Twitch Film

Writer/Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Joe Taslim, Pierre Gruno
Sony Pictures Classics / XYZ Films / Merantau Films
35mm, 100 min.

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