Star Wars: The Force Awakens already tops many critics most anticipated lists, and with good reason. But the latest news is giving us another reason to be excited for this very highly anticipated film.
If the reports are true, three of the principle actors from The Raid and The Raid 2: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian (who played Mad Dog and Prakoso in the films), and Cecep Arif Rahman (who played “The Assassin” and had a fight scene towards the end of The Raid 2) have roles in the film, and could be involved in a much larger capacity. And if you have seen either of Gareth Evans’ films, that means the action sequences in J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming movie should be awesome. Hit the jump for the full report.
Now that 2014 is over, we are left with deciding which movies were the best of the year. Contrary to to what the box office says, 2014 was a pretty amazing year in film. But as I look back at the 100 or so films that I have seen in the past year, the following 15 films are the ones that I have seen repeatedly, could not stop talking about, or have had the biggest impact one me. Of course this is a subjective list, as there are plenty of other films that I have and have not seen that are or could be better, but honestly, these 15 left the biggest impact on me. I’ll also throw in a couple of honorable mentions. Hit the jump to check it out.
As the big summer movie season is winding down and soon it will be Oscar season, it’s that time of the year to figure out what my top ten movies of the year, as we just passed the halfway point of the year. At this point I have seen 54 new movies, and once again, this includes any new or old movie that I have seen for the first time. And so the first cut, is the easiest, as I get rid of any movie that didn’t come out in 2014.
But as the final ten movies are locked it, a few just missed the cut, and those were Godzilla and Life Itself. I was one of the few people who enjoyed Godzilla, even with its issues, and Life Itself was a great look at Roger Ebert, a man who all of us who review movies want to be like.
But enough about the ones that didn’t make it, let’s get to My Top Ten Movies Of 2014 (So Far).
The Raid 2 is just one of those action films that you have to watch this year. Following the events of the first Raid, Rama (Iko Uwais) is now assigned to be an undercover cop who has to infiltrate one of Indonesia’s most dangerous crime families. In an effort to keep everyone he loves safe, Rama agrees to the assignment, not knowing how dangerous or how deep he has to go underground.
I usually refrain from posting clips, but having seen the movie already — and one of the clips being shown is actually a deleted scene — I think it will be okay. If anything, these clips don’t even cover how bloody The Raid 2 really is. And honestly, with a 150-minute run time, I think I can understand why director Gareth Evans may have excluded the rival gang shootout scene. So hit the jump to check them out.
The Raid 2: Berandal Director: Gareth Evans
Screenwriter: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Cok Simbara Sony Pictures Classics
Not Rated | 148 Minutes
Release Date: March 10 (SXSW)
In The Raid: Redemption, Gareth Evans‘ 2012 Indonesian action film, Jakarta rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) fought his way through a crime-infested tenement building to bring down a drug kingpin and rescue his estranged brother, Andi (Donny Alamsyah).
In The Raid 2: Berandal, Rama’s victory has attracted the attention of Jakarta’s most notorious gangsters. With his family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his wife and baby: he must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld and identify the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top.
Rama sheds his old identity and becomes Yuda, a violent offender who is sent to a Jakarta prison for his crimes. While there, he gains the confidence of Uco (Arifin Putra), the son of Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo) – a feared mob boss who runs crime in Jakarta. As Uco’s right-hand man, Yuda will risk his life to bring the corruption in the city to an end.