You Need To Watch The Trailer For The Raid, Right Now

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Sweet baby Jesus. The trailer for “The Raid” has been making the rounds today. The second film from “Merentau” director Gareth Evans, “The Raid” just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and holy crap am I jealous.

Here’s a 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.

And if that’s not enough to get your action juices flowing, watch the trailer embedded below (via YouTube). “The Raid” looks incredible. If the movie only lives up to half of the potential of the trailer, it will be a formidable force to contend with indeed. There is a lot of machete play going on, a great deal of face shooting, and at one point I’m pretty certain that a guy brings a knife to a gun fight, with disastrous results. Enjoy.

Via : YouTube

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • justjoe

    Wow, that was incredible, reminded of the first time a catched a glimpse of “Ong Bak”.

  • justjoe

    Wow, that was incredible, reminded of the first time a catched a glimpse of “Ong Bak”.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Most of the time, the out-takes during the end credits are more interesting than the movie.

  • Globalfriendship

    The Raid, does a lot more then live up to half the trailer. I watched the movie at Toronto International Film Festival, with two of the stars and the Director, it was awesome. Some really great fight scenes as well as some pretty funny humour. The best part is that they show everything, no cutting to the side when someone gets kicked or shot.
    Loved Merentau and looking forward to the third collaboration of Iko Uwais and Gareth Evans.

  • Globalfriendship

    The Raid, does a lot more then live up to half the trailer. I watched the movie at Toronto International Film Festival, with two of the stars and the Director, it was awesome. Some really great fight scenes as well as some pretty funny humour. The best part is that they show everything, no cutting to the side when someone gets kicked or shot.
    Loved Merentau and looking forward to the third collaboration of Iko Uwais and Gareth Evans.

  • RTZ

    Dear Mr. McKnight.. It’s not “MERENTAU” but “MERANTAU”… Indonesian word for leaving one’s place and take journey searching for a better life. It’s a tradition that has been going on for centuries in Indonesia particularly among Minangese, Javanese, and Makassar/Bugis ethnics.

    THE RAID has a sequel on the way, “BERANDAL”. Let’s hope big studios can throw Gareth some money this time.

  • Tokyolegend

    Oh holy christ! That was quite amazing! I personally loved Merantau and more than stoked for this film! Mr. Evans appears to be killing it!