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'The Raid 2: Berendal'
Premiere Date and Time: Jan. 21, 9:45 PM
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad
Lowdown: There is no better visual storyteller working in pure action cinema right now than Gareth Evans, and the first "Raid" was a high watermark in terms of modern martial arts on film. This sequel picks up five minutes after the end of the first film and it sounds like it's an epic. Running 2 1/2 hours, this is a much more ambitious film than the original, and it's going to allow Evans to stage action and mayhem on a scale we haven't seen from him before. I have no idea what originally drew Evans to Indonesia, but his discovery of silat, the Indonesian martial art that is featured in his films, is the best thing to happen to the action film since John Woo rented his first dove.
- Drew McWeeney