Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption or Serbuan Maut is an Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais which is set for a 2012 release. This is the second collaboration of Evans and Uwais after their first action film, Merantau released in 2009. Both films showcase the traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat. The fight choreographers of The Raid are Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian who also worked on Merantau. The US release of the film features music by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese.

After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), critics and audience alike hailed The Raid as one of the best action films in years


Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable derelict apartment building which became a safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. 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 team is tasked with raiding the building in order to take down the notorious drug lord who 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 off and all exits are blocked. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst criminals to survive their mission.


Iko Uwais as Rama
Doni Alamsyah as Andi
Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog
Ray Sahetapy as Tama
Joe Taslim as Jaka
Tegar Satrya as Bowo
Pierre Gruno as Lt. Wahyu


Early reviews for The Raid: Redemption have been highly positive. Based on 16 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 94% fresh rating, and an average score of 8.5/10.

US remake

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the distribution rights of the film for the US and has tasked Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese to create a new score. The distribution rights for other territories were also sold, including Alliance (Canada), Momentum (United Kingdom), Madman (Australia), SND (France), Kadokawa (Japan), Koch (Germany), HGC (China), and Calinos (Turkey). Deals have also been made with distributors from Russia, Scandinavia, Benelux, Iceland, Italy, Latin America, Korea and India during the film screening at the TIFF.

A few months after Sony acquired the film's North American distribution rights, it was announced by Hollywood Reporter that its subsidiary company, Screen Gems, is in negotiations to produce a Hollywood remake. The remake will not be directed by Gareth Evans as he is preparing another film with Iko Uwais, called Berandal, scheduled for filming in February 2012.


Midnight Madness Award at TIFF 2011
Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Film and Audience Award at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) 2012

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