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Screen Gems To Remake TIFF Midnight Madness Hit 'The Raid' Without Original Director

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2011 1:19 AM
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At this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which proved relatively quiet in terms of breakout hits, one film has dominated the buzz among genre-fans: Indonesian actioner "The Raid." Focusing on a SWAT team attempting to take out a mobster in a tenement, and directed by ex-pat Welsh helmer Gareth Huw Evans, it's apparently an ultra-violent, breathless, stripped-down, genre classic, with some viewers drawing comparisons to "Die Hard" -- high praise indeed. (Watch the trailer below for a hint of what to expect).

'Where Do We Go Now' & Midnight Madness Stunner 'The Raid' Win TIFF People's Choice Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2011 9:49 AM
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While there are no formal competition awards given out by the festival itself, over the past few years TIFF's Audience Award -- vote on by moviegoers -- has often been an augur of future Oscar success. "The King's Speech" (12 nominations, 4 wins including Best Picture), "Precious" (6 nominations, 2 wins), "Slumdog Millionaire" (10 nominations, 8 wins including Best Picture) and "Eastern Promises" (1 nomination) have all benefitted from the boost the honor bestows up on a picture. However, this year, TIFF attendees have gone with a pretty surprising choice -- a film that will unlikely be much of an awards player but will definitely see its profile skyrocket.

Linkin Park Noisemaker Mike Shinoda To Score TIFF Midnight Madness Hit 'The Raid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 10:51 AM
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Not long after a raucous midnight showing at TIFF's Midnight Madness section, actioner "The Raid," which picked up excellent reviews from the festival, is set to have a new sound, with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda coming on board, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to craft the picture's soundscape. Hailing from Indonesia (although helmed by Welsh director Gareth Huw Evans), "The Raid" follows the conflict between a SWAT team and a gang of mobsters armed to the teeth and trained in martial arts. Obviously really challenging stuff. It's from the makers of the martial arts film "Merantau," which featured a similarly threadbare plot as an excuse for some ornate martial arts choreography. It would be nice if someone told some of these guys that it's nice to have amazing stunts and a story as well, but hey, they can't all be Jackie Chan. And if they tried, it probably wouldn't end well for anyone's safety.

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