By Marty Mulrooney
The Raid is an Indonesian action film written and directed by Welsh film director Gareth Evans. Originally released in 2011 and now finding a worldwide release in 2012, the film stars Indonesian martial arts actor Iko Uwais, who was discovered by Evans whilst shooting a documentary about the martial art Pencak Silat in 2007. Uwais stars as rookie cop Rama, part of a 20-man SWAT team tasked with raiding a 30-floor derelict apartment building that has long served as a safe house for the city’s killers, gangsters and murderers, all overseen by the fearsome crime lord Tama Riyadi.
By Elena Cresci
Most of the English speaking world is familiar with the general plot of Pride and Prejudice, whether through various visual adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic text or as a textbook during school. Mr. Darcy has become synonymous with the man of your dreams, while Elizabeth Bennett is often heralded as the classic feisty and independent female protagonist. But what if you tweaked the setting and situations somewhat… say to an England overrun with the scourge of the undead, where the ladies of England keep one eye on potential husbands and another on zombies that need slaying? This unlikely mashup is exactly what writer Seth Grahame-Smith undertook, transforming Austen’s original text to a tale with its fair share of blood, guts and gore. It’s a horror update of one of the most famous classics, but does it work?
By Marty Mulrooney
Steven Seagal. The first words that spring to most people’s minds upon hearing his name are: action star. Well, star might be an exaggeration. Perhaps washed-up action star would be more appropriate? (Ouch, yet certainly true.) But did you know he is also a cop in the State of Louisiana?
Seagal hasn’t been on my radar since 2001’s Exit Wounds (he only managed one more studio film after that before moving straight to DVD) and he certainly never made another film as good as Under Siege, which was campy fun at best.
But then, out of nowhere, he stars in a reality TV show (which he produces himself of course) that mixes Cops with every naff action flick he has ever made. The result is comedy genius.