With all of his projects, J.J. Abrams has shown extraordinary good taste in casting and ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ is no different. Forget about the old-timers returning to the saga and think about John Boyega, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie and the other terrific thespians being given the biggest spotlight of their careers. Abrams, more than most working filmmakers, knows how to showcase an actor or actress in a way that makes us wonder why they weren’t movie stars before he cast them. Anyway, this is just a longwinded way of getting around to saying that Abrams’ impeccable taste is once again on display since a trio of actors from ‘The Raid’ and ‘The Raid 2’ are apparently in ‘The Force Awakens.’
The Raid: Redemption
'The Raid: Redemption' was one of the nicest surprises of 2012; a tour de force by director Gareth Evans that makes most Hollywood action films look like kid stuff. It was quickly announced that a sequel would be forthcoming to continue the adventure of SWAT team badass Rama (Iko Uwais), and today we've got some small but interesting details from the director himself regarding what we can expect.
New on DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming this week, it just might be the home-viewing week of the year, as classics and new favorites arrive at your doorstep with 'The Hunger Games,' 'Jaws,' 'Kill List' and 'The Raid: Redemption' all arrive ...
August has a wealth of titles hitting DVD and Blu-ray, from family-friendly titles like 'The Lorax' and 'The Hunger Games,' to darker, critically acclaimed adult fare like 'The Raid,' 'Kill List' and 'Headhunters.' Read on for this month's home video release dates.
If you've seen 'The Raid,' you know how excited you should be about whatever filmmaker Gareth Evans has in the pipeline. Although his next film is probably the sequel to his instant-classic Indonesian martial arts flick, he's now attached to another, bigger project. Deadline reports that Evans is set to direct 'Breaking the Bank,' the true story of the biggest cash heist in history.
If you are lucky, you get one “how the hell'd they do that?” moment in a film. In 'The Raid: Redemption,' incredulity is your default position. Once the movie gets kickin' (and we mean that somewhat literally) the acrobatics and athleticism on display are staggering. Not since John Woo came on the scene with 'Hard Boiled' has corridor-based action filmmaking experienced such a level-up.