Director: Gareth Huw Evans
Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Raiden Integra, Donny Alamsyah, Julie Estelle, Tio Pakusodewo
Release date: March 28
You call yourself an action movie fan but you've never seen The Raid: Redemption (2012)? Remedy that ASAP, lest you want in-the-know action movie heads to keep considering you a nancy-boy.
Taking the Sundance and SXSW film festivals by storm in early 2012, writer-director Gareth Huw Evans' The Raid: Redemption knocked audiences sideways with its dizzying, all-natural fight choreography, an explosion of the martial arts style called "silt" that's all fist-on-flesh, no-holds-barred carnage. It's a bloody, nonstop ballet of brutality, one that's earned itself a devoted cult following.
And now those Raid devotees are feenin' for a look at Evans' hugely ambitious sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, a 148-minute (!) that Evans' filmmaker friend Timo Tjahjanto recently described on Twitter as "Goodfellas days Scorsese with Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee hangin out in his set everyfuckinday." If that doesn't get you amped, you really are a nancy-boy. —Matt Barone