Late last year, we learned that The Raid and The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans has a new film brewing. It’s a period revenge thriller called Apostle, and it stars Dan Stevens, who’s having quite the moment right now between his turns in Legion and Beauty and the Beast. Now, Netflix has just acquired global distribution rights for the movie, which has new cast members in Michael Sheen, Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton, and more. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Angie Han
The Raid came out of seemingly nowhere to become a surprise hit in 2011, which meant it wasn’t long before Hollywood came knocking with plans for an English-language remake. Over the years, that intended project has suffered some stops and starts, flirting with different combinations of stars and directors, and seemed to run out of steam around 2015.
But a really buzzy remake idea never really goes away. It just lies in wait until the right people come along. And those people, apparently, are director Joe Carnahan and star Frank Grillo. The two have slyly announced a “reimagining” of Gareth Evans‘ instant action classic, apparently set in Caracas, Venezuela. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.
So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.
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Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Raid and The Raid 2 rank among the most confident and satisfying action movies ever made, so yes, news of whatever director Gareth Evans is up to next should interest you. Although The Raid 3 still exists as a blip on the horizon, his next project looks like it will be a period action movie titled Apostle, with The Guest’s Dan Stevens set to star.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Gareth Evans is one of the most gifted action directors working today. I cannot imagine what it would be like to shrug off The Raid or The Raid 2, but I feel sorry for anyone who can muster that reaction. Here is a filmmaker whose bravery behind the camera is matched only by the fearlessness of the actors, martial artists and stuntmen he places in front of it.
Anyway, Evans got bored and decided to make a short film. Okay, that’s a serious simplification of Gareth’s latest piece of action mayhem, but the Welsh director did just throw together an action packed short about three dueling warriors with a legit skeleton crew that’s more impressive than most big budget action movies.
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The most attention-getting character in the two Kick-Ass movies was definitely Hit-Girl, the foul-mouthed, utterly badass young fighter played by Chloe Moretz. We’ve probably seen the last of the Kick-Ass stories on the big screen, due to the middling performance of the second film and the fact that the series’ actors are quickly growing out of their roles. But if things had gone differently we might have seen a Hit-Girl solo movie — and there was even an effort to get The Raid director Gareth Evans on board. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Did the bone-crunching excitement of The Raid 2 leave you dying to see the sequel ASAP? Well, too bad. Director Gareth Evans says The Raid 3 won’t be happening for at least another three years.
On the bright side, though, he does have some ideas already, for whenever he decides to get the project going again. More on The Raid 3 release, plus details on what he’ll be doing instead, after the jump. Read More »
In the past five years, director Gareth Evans has seen has status grow from relative unknown to one of the best action directors alive. His film, Merantau, introduced the Indonesian martial arts form of Pencak Silat to the wider world, and his two follow-ups, The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal (out in theaters right now), expanded on Silat’s usage and featured some of the most creatively shot and choreographed action/fight scenes in recent memory.
I had the chance to chat with Evans recently about the making of his Raid 2 teaser trailer. We also spoke about his five favorite action scenes, and in the below video essay, Evans breaks down exactly which films they are from and why/how each has influenced him.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by David Chen
The teaser trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal was one of the most impressive teasers I’ve ever seen, a meticulously constructed series of attention-grabbing moments. The sound design was ominous, the shots were spectacularly violent, and the editing was expertly executed. Sometimes, directors don’t have much say over how their films are marketed, but I just had this feeling that director Gareth Evans had a hand in how this teaser turned out. It felt like so much thought had been put into it.
Ever since I saw the teaser, I’ve been really curious to know how Evans conceived of it. I finally had the chance to chat with Evans extensively last night, and the material from that conversation will be used for a couple of upcoming video essays. First up: How Evans created The Raid 2: Berandal teaser trailer. Check it out his trailer commentary after the jump.
The Raid 2: Berandal is out in theaters now.
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Editor’s Note: The following review was originally published on January 22nd 2014 after the film’s premiere at Sundance. The review is being republished as the film is being released in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, and expanding in the coming weeks.
In the case of an action movie like The Raid, I can’t fault anyone who wants to set plot aside and simply enjoy the action. With The Raid 2, that approach becomes impossible. Writer/director/editor Gareth Evans puts lofty goals fully on display in this sequel, which expands in every direction relative to the original. The action is bigger and more diverse, the story is more complex, and more emphasis is placed on dramatic performances even as the film’s physical demands intensify. Where the first was a tightly controlled action film that jettisoned all but the skeleton of a plot, this sequel is a huge crime tale featuring several criminal organizations competing for power, the police trying to catch up, and one young cop caught squarely in the middle.
Premiering the film at Sundance in a prime slot is a strange experiment of sorts. The Raid 2 isn’t a thing for general audiences; this is a hardcore genre movie. The swirl of Evans’ dramatic ambitions are punctuated by ultra-violent choreography, like a machine-gun snare drum tracked into a piece of classical music. It’s a tricky balancing act. The Raid 2 navigates the test awkwardly at best, because the story never connects as solidly as do the film’s thousand punches. Read More »