Tag Archives: The Raid

Review in Brief: The Villainess (2017)

Creative fight choreography and full-on violence is one thing, but what really blew me away about THE VILLAINESS was the cinematography. I can’t even begin to imagine how they achieved some of these impossible shots. For once a POV action … Continue reading

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Review: The Raid (2011)

THE RAID, or: the Fine Art of Ultraviolence, as it really should be subtitled (subtitled REDEMPTION in the USA, which is sort-of a spoiler) was the finest martial arts film for a decade when it was rolled out over 2011-12 … Continue reading

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Review: High-Rise (2015/16)

Like all of Brit Wunderkind Ben Wheatley’s films, HIGH RISE is a fascinating concoction. Bold in tone and extremely stylish, it also ends up being his most inconsistent work to date. In a dystopian  1975, Dr Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) … Continue reading

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Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

The opening sequence of THE EXPENDABLES 3 sees Wesley Snipes kill a military despot-type baddie by running an armoured train into him. This sets the tone for the film, that basically if this franchise ever took itself remotely seriously, then … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: 2014

Well, it’s been an interesting year on the Big Screen. Last year, I said that 2014 would be the cinematic pits. I’ll admit that I wasn’t entirely correct. Some of the films I dreaded did indeed turn out a bit … Continue reading

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Review: The Raid 2 (2014)

Sometimes bigger is indeed better. Whereas Gareth Evans’ breakout film THE RAID astounded audiences and critics alike by giving them a visceral and pulse-pounding experience that made up for its modest budget with ingenious filming techniques and clever scripting. THE … Continue reading

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Jakarta Calling…

Today saw the debut of the teaser trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL. If you never saw Gareth Evans’ first slice of martial arty Indonesian awesomeness, then why the hell not? It was stunning. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, it’s … Continue reading

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