“Merantau” impressed the hell out of me, so it’s should come as no surprise that I’ll be all over “The Raid” as soon as it becomes available. The film stars Iko Uwais, the centerpiece of the aforementioned martial arts classic, which means the film should, in theory, be packed to the rafters will sorts of bone-crunching mayhem. I can’t wait!
Here’s a quick synopsis:
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.
Below you’ll find the official sales artwork for “The Raid”, which will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Gonna be in the area? Swing by and check it out.