Pompeii doesn’t get mentioned once in this review – a tragedy
When I started this blog 363 days ago, my first post was my top ten movies of 2013. We’re at the end of another year, and I have seen more movies than ever before (according to my letterboxd summary I’ve watched over 1,000 hours of film – yikes!), so it’s about time for another roundup of the state of cinema.
In 2011 writer/director Gareth Evans and actor Iko Uwais made their presence known to the martial arts film community with an Indonesian feature known in the US as The Raid: Redemption. The movie starred Uwais as Rama, one of 20 police officers charged with storming an tenement building with the express purpose of taking down crime boss Tama Riyadi (Ray Sahetapy). The picture plays out like a standard video game, complete with mini bosses and perfunctory cutscenes, but the fight scenes were so kinetic and exciting that The Raid instantly became one of the better entries in the genre. Evans and Uwais finally return on Friday with The Raid 2. I recommend watching the previous film first, so you can get a sense of what you are in for. And then get blown a-fucking-way by what you end up seeing in your local theater this weekend.