Sundance Film Review: ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’

As before, the giddily over-the-top action attains a hyper-real quality that stays just this side of believable thanks to a combo of sweeping handheld camera moves (by lensers Matt Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono) and expertly chosen locations that turn Jakarta’s brothels, subways, restaurants, offices and highways into one sprawling, splattery urban playground. If the action choreography (handled by Evans, Uwais and Ruhian) tilts toward the usual tactic of having a bunch of bad guys line up and wait their turn rather than clobbering their opponent all at once — a tactic that works better in close quarters than in wide-open spaces — the stunt work happily remains too consistently, impossibly convincing to dull the pleasure in the moment. And once again, the director (who edited the film with Andi Novianto) proves a dab hand at keeping the action in near-continual motion without sacrificing visual clarity.

-From Justin Chang’s attached Variety review of The Raid 2: Berandal

Oh! That’s why The Raid 2: Berandal didn’t show up in Variety’s SXSW review column after the SXSW premiere: press showings were back in January! Whoops. Well, we’ve finally got a link to it, anyway. The below is a photo Gareth Evans tweeted. This is actually the less bloody one:

Screen shot 2014-03-12 at 3.45.34 AM Check out Justin Chang’s review from Variety by clicking on “View original”. This time around, sounds like a little more of a slow burn, but we’re still there if it plays in the theater. Especially for bad-ass “Hammer Girl”…

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Check out the new poster for ‘The Raid 2’ — EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

(This is exclusive to EW.com- Horror Boom just reblogged it). Check out a larger image AND the trailer for the upcoming The Raid 2 by clicking on “View Original” in the lower left.  Plus, we’ll post (or re-blog) Variety’s SXSW review…the premiere is tonight!

V/H/S/2 (Formerly S-VHS) – Tribeca Film Festival Interview With Simon Barrett (Complex)

If you’ve been psyched about the V/H/S sequel (titled, well…guess what) since you read the reviews raving about the Gareth Evans-helmed “Safe Haven”, you’re not alone. Click on the big red link below to read a great interview with more details on the sequel, which will first be released on VOD/streaming June 6th, then in (select) theaters June 12th.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: “V/H/S/2,” Simon Barrett | Complex.

 

Dread Central gave it 5/5 bloody stabby-knives (review link here). We read a TON of reviews from them, and even the most enthusiastic, rave reviews don’t make it over 4/5 stabby-knives.  Example: both Stoker and The Evil Dead (2013) blew the reviewer’s goddamned minds and elicited nothing but praise, yet still failed to get rated higher than 4/5 knifes.  The posts from readers that follow range from sarcastically dubious to irate, but we’re keeping open minds.

We're guessing this still is from Safe Haven...

We’re guessing this still is from Safe Haven…

 

“S-VHS” (V/H/S Sequel) Gets A Title Change, An Official Website, And The First Teaser Trailer Posted Here In HD!

The trailer below still carries the original title “S-VHS”, rather than the exciting new title V/H/S 2.  It looks like at least one segment underwent a name change, too, but right now, check out the first teaser trailer below in HD. It manages to look more for than the trailer for the original movie. That one also managed to give away several jump moments –actually, over half of them–including the best reveal and one of the biggest jumps in the movie, and I hope when the first theatrical trailer gets released for this sequel, they give less away.  Anyway…

The official Magnet Releasing page for V/H/S 2 can be found right here, and has a nice big ol’ photo of the creepy Indonesian guy with symbols carved into his flesh from the segment “Safe Haven” – the tale from Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto (AKA the makers of The Raid: Redemption)  that is getting the most positive buzz right now for knocking it right out of the fucking park.*

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Also from Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans’ “Safe Haven”

From the aforementioned Official Site:

Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.

BLLLLLEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

BLLEEEEAAAAAARRRGGH!

Even the ad copy is better-written and more exciting than the original! They’re off to a great start (now they just need to make the site a little more user-friendly for those of us with laptops, and  fix a couple of their typos). Check this link for a great review that I ‘re-blogged’.

Oh, we WILL.

Oh, we WILL.

* to be clear, we mean that “Safe Haven” knocks it out of the park, but while we’re on the subject, The Raid: Redemption sure knocked it out of the fucking park too.