A new bone-crunching trailer for 'The Raid 2' arrives hours before the film premieres
PARK CITY - When you attend a festival like Sundance, one of the great things about it is the diversity of voices and styles and stories that you'll experience over the course of your stay. I love discovering filmmakers here, I love stumbling into small movies that I might otherwise never have seen, and I love the sheer range of human experience on display.
So of course the film I'm most excited to see while I'm here is about Indonesian guys kicking the holy hell out of each other.
I haven't exactly been shy about expressing just how excited I am for "The Raid 2" tonight at the Eccles theater. It was the first ticket I booked for the festival, and I built my entire schedule around it. Absolutely nothing is going to stand in the way of me being there for what I hope is a very special evening. They even announced a secret screening for tonight of what Sundance is calling a "major motion picture" that is coming out in theaters later this year from "a major filmmaker," and I didn't consider for a moment skipping tonight's "Raid 2" premiere. Hell, it could be my first movie premiering in that spot, and I'd still be at "The Raid 2."
So why? Why am I this excited over a martial arts sequel? It comes down to Gareth Evans, who has emerged as one of the most exciting new voices in action cinema in quite some time. I haven't been this consistently excited by someone's early work since John Woo first broke in the early days of the Hong Kong explosion, but I would argue that Evans has a different skill set than Woo. Instead of creating a style that becomes the trademark, Evans simply tells his story in the cleanest way possible, with every shot contributing to the kinetic energy of the piece. And, man, does he know how to shoot a fight. I get tired of hearing the comparison between shooting a dance scene and shooting a fight scene, but the one way that is correct is that the best directors of both genres know that you need to see the performer, head to toe, and see shots that are designed to show you that it is really them, that they are the ones doing these gravity and logic defying things.
I'll be reviewing "The Raid 2" later tonight, but in the meantime, check out the brand-new trailer for the film, which just premiered on Yahoo! Movies. This is enough of a tease that I'm not sure how I'm going to handle sitting through any movies between now and then, knowing that this much massive ass-kickery is just a few hours away.
"The Raid 2" will open in US theaters March 28, 2014. Buckle up.