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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.

Exclusive: Listen To The Propulsive "Motor Chase" From 'The Raid 2' Soundtrack

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 24, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Raid 2
This weekend, Gareth Evans returns to cinemas with his bone-crunching, face-punching, unrelenting action sequel, "The Raid 2." The filmmaker's followup his breakout "The Raid" puts everything on a bigger and badder canvas this time around, with no shortage of sequences prepped to fully drop your jaw.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Raid 2: Berandal' Goes To The Limit

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 21, 2014 9:25 AM
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The Raid 2: Berandal
Fans of “The Raid: Redemption” won’t have to wait much longer for the bloody follow-up with the sequel opening in limited release next week. To ease your wait, Sony Picture Classics has released a new internet only trailer on the heels of the NSFW clip from earlier this week.

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 »

Podcast: The Playlist Talks The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2014 1:37 PM
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Sundance 2014
The podcast is back for a rundown of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and contributor Cory Everett, our two staff writers on the ground once again for this year's fest, to talk all things Park City. Don't forget to check out all our coverage this year (seriously, we covered a lot of ground), especially our wrap-up feature on the best films from Sundance '14.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

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.

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