Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
High school movie reunions are recurring theme in today’s Sequel Bits. Zac Efron and Lindsay Lohan tease High School Musical and Mean Girls reunions, respectively, while Kristen Bell discusses a potential Veronica Mars sequel. Also after the jump:
- Ralph Fiennes hints at M’s future in Bond 24
- Fifty Shades producer isn’t thinking sequel just yet
- Producer gives a status update on Immortals 2
- Agent 47 adds Thomas Kretschmann as the villain
- The Raid 2 reveals a striking new poster
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(Following the text review is a video reaction shot just after the film’s Sundance 2014 premiere.)
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
The marketing campaign for Gareth Evans‘ The Raid 2 is off to a damn good start. The first teaser was light on plot but heavy on thrills, and the Indonesian trailer was a violent good time. Then there’s the fact that the first movie was pretty damn great, which really is the best advertisement of all for the sequel.
The new full-length trailer doesn’t disappoint, either. The follow-up picks back up with Iko Uwais‘ Rama, who’s now going undercover to protect his family and expose the bad guys. Naturally, this latest endeavor provides plentiful opportunities for both sides to kick, punch, shoot, stab, and beat the hell out of each other, in glorious fashion. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Gareth Evans‘ The Raid: Redemption seemed to come out of nowhere in 2011, but it quickly found a following thanks to its intense, inventive, and shockingly entertaining action sequences. Its follow-up, The Raid 2: Redemption, doesn’t have the luxury of taking us by surprise, but based on the first trailer that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Check it out after the jump.
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Keanu Reeves has been in a couple of big martial arts influenced movies (those Matrix films come to mind, and there’s the delayed 47 Ronin) and now he’s directing his own. The film is called Man of Tai Chi, and features Reeves as the villain, with Tiger Hu Chen (who worked in the Matrix stunt team) as the hero. The movie also features Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with the rather famous and very skilled Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as the action director.
Man of Tai Chi will make its debut later this year, but in the meantime we’ve got the first images and a teaser poster. Read More »
A press release has announced the start of production on Gareth Evans‘ The Raid 2: Berandal, which kicked off a 100-day shoot in Indonesia this week. Along with the announcement comes a confirmation of the cast — The Raid star Iko Uwais returns, alongside Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
Last year Evans called the sequel “a big departure in a way, in that we won’t just copy the same formula as the first film,” and he explained,
It’s not going to be set within one building this time. Everything that was terrifying about the boss in that building in the first movie is small fry compared to the criminal organization we meet in the second film. We take it out into the streets, go much wider and much bigger in terms of the scope.
We’ve got a few more details after the break, along with a set of behind the scenes photos from the beginning of the shoot. Read More »
Even for people who aren’t predisposed to love action films, Gareth Evans‘ The Raid earned a spot on many a 2012 top ten list. When Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film, the company also grabbed distribution rights to the planned sequel, The Raid: Berandal.
Casting details for the sequel hit before the new year, with Iko Uwais, star of the first film, set to appear again, alongside Julie Estelle (Macabre) as Hammer Girl, and Alex Abbad, Marsha Timothy, and silat fighter Cecep Arif Rahman playing an unknown but reportedly significant role.
Now Evans confirms that the sequel shoots very soon, and explains that the new film picks up right after the end of the first. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
- Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
- Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
- Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
- Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
- Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
- A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
- Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you
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