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For some reason, when I think of Gareth Evans, the writer/director of “Merantau” and “The Raid”, I always thought he was Indonesian. As it turns out, not so much. Evans is actually Welsh, and, well, looks it.
Anyways, Evans’ latest is “The Raid”, which has been burning up the festival circuits and already has a Hollywood remake in the works. But in case you were wondering how Evans and company pulled off the original movie, here is a long production blog that takes you through the film’s helter skelter action. Mind as well get into it now before they finish the sequel, which will be in production soon, or the remake hits.
The plot finds a SWAT team becoming trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster they were there to capture in the first place. Unfortunately for our heroes, including “Merantau” star Iko Uwais, the bad guy happens to have a personal army of killers waiting to fight back. Oops?
Sony Pictures Classics will introduce unsuspecting moviegoers to the blood-splattering, bone-crunching action of “The Raid” on March 23, 2012 in limited release.