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It's Real: New Trailer For 'Godzilla' Provides Closest Look At Monster Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 10:14 PM
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Godzilla
We are sometimes a curmudgeonly bunch here at The Playlist, especially when it comes to the tedious onslaught of summer movies. But we're not cold, heartless bastards who don't know how to have fun, and we have to say, we're pretty damn stoked for "Godzilla." Tonight a new trailer has been unleashed, and yeah, we're still pretty fucking stoked.

Watch: Gareth Evans Breaks Down Ambush In The Nightclub Scene From 'The Raid 2'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 28, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Raid 2
Once a week, The New York Times has a great feature called “Anatomy of a Scene” where a film director provides insight on his or her thought process behind the construction of a particular sequence. And given the fact that “The Raid 2” comes out on a limited release today, it only makes sense that Gareth Evans would be the latest director featured in the video series.

Review: 'The Raid 2' Brings Better Fights, But Still A Slightly Reduced Echo Of Its Predecessor

  • By James Rocchi
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  • March 26, 2014 5:05 PM
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The Raid 2
When “The Raid” started on the festival circuit in 2011 in Toronto, it was a bloody blast of fresh air, with incredible action sequences throughout an energetically and expressively shot film with amazing stunt work and bone-crushing fight scenes captured with fluid camerawork, long takes and a giddy sense of the new. Premiering in January at Sundance, “The Raid 2” presented filmgoers with a mix of good news—indeed, great news—and bad in that the fights, action and stunt choreography in the sequel are all a quantum leap forward thanks to the tireless and exhausting work of writer-director-editor Gareth Evans and his leading man Iko Uwais, who also designed the fight choreography alongside Yaya Ruhian.

Watch: Bloody Hammers In NSFW Clip From ‘The Raid 2’ Plus 30 Minute Talk With Gareth Evans & New Pics

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Raid 2: Berandal
If the original film, “The Raid: Redemption," was a police raid/non-stop bloodbath in a Jakarta tenement building for 100 minutes, then “The Raid 2: Berandal,” takes the film to a logical conclusion: a relentless slaughter for 2.5 hours. Ok, there’s actually some plot: it’s a big crime epic, but the fight scenes are unremitting and extremely ambitious. And to some (including some of us; but not all of us) the movie is just too unrelenting in its fight scenes, but it’s undeniable that the scenes are dizzying and amazingly choreographed.

Gareth Evans Says 'The Raid 3' A Few Years Away Plus 10-Minute Featurette For 'The Raid 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 5:44 PM
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The Raid 2
“Enjoy the violence,” Gareth Evans recently told a Los Angeles audience prior to a screening of "The Raid 2," and it seems his fans certainly are. While the relentless "The Raid" put Evans on the map, "The Raid 2" looks to obliterate it, with a supersized, two hour plus serving of madness and mayhem and maiming that won't be finished after this flick. Indeed, Evans has long talked about the movies being part of a trilogy, but he's going to take a breather before returning for one last punch-fest with "The Raid 3."

Win Tickets To Los Angeles Screening Of ‘The Raid 2’ Plus Q&A With Diretor Gareth Evans

The Raid 2
For fans of visceral, precisely orchestrated action director Gareth Evans might be the best filmmaker to come down the pike in ages. His latest, “The Raid 2: Berandal,” a sequel to the ever-popular “The Raid,” continues where the last movie left off and pounds the viewer with 2.5 hour of intense action layered with a sprawling saga of undercover cops, corrupt family dynamics and the drama of organized crime. Read More »

Sundance Review: Gareth Evans' ‘The Raid 2’ Improves On The Action In A Follow-Up That’s Both Lesser And Longer

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 22, 2014 12:25 PM
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When “The Raid” started on the festival circuit in 2011 in Toronto, it was a bloody blast of fresh air, with incredible action sequences throughout an energetically and expressively shot film with amazing stunt work and bone-crushing fight scenes captured with fluid camerawork, long takes and a giddy sense of the new. Last night, the Sundance premiere of “The Raid 2” presented filmgoers with a mix of good news—indeed, great news—and bad in that the fights, action and stunt choreography in the sequel are all a quantum leap forward thanks to the tireless and exhausting work of writer-director-editor Gareth Edwards and his leading man Iko Uwais, who also designed the fight choreography alongside Yaya Ruhian.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Raid 2' Arrives Just In Time To Punch & Kick Before Its Sundance World Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2014 12:56 PM
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The Raid 2
So far, at least for The Playlist, most of the Sundance experience has centered around bracing, emotionally resonant dramas and documentaries, or the occasional comedy, with one film after another offering the cinematic meals we usually like to go for. But sometimes you gotta blow off some steam, and tomorrow in Park City, many will be ready to sit back and watch a bunch of people get the shit kicked out of them.

Director Gareth Evans Says 'The Raid 3' Starts 2 Hours Before 'The Raid 2' Ends

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 5:07 PM
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Raid 2
Before you start commenting about how everything has a sequel these days, it should be noted that for director Gareth Evans, a trilogy for "The Raid" has been the plan for a while now. The filmmaker hasn't been shy in sharing his ambitious plans for his breakout franchise, and with "The Raid 2" gearing up to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival soon, he'll likely been spilling a few more details about what his third installment will contain. But for now, he's giving audiences a heads up for where it will fit in.

Watch: First Action-Packed Trailer For 'The Raid 2' Will Kick Your Ass

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 8:06 AM
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In 2011, a mostly unknown dude named Gareth Evans arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival with a movie called "The Raid." And by the time the lights came up after the first screening, everyone not only knew his name, but the buzz was deafening. The unrelenting action flick quickly became a cult fave, and even though it only topped $4 million worldwide, the enthusiasm was enough to get a sequel greenlit. And so here we are with the first trailer for "The Raid 2: Berandal," so strap in.

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