Really Remarkably Relentless. Insane choreography, jaw-dropping stuntwork, frenetic fight sequences and bombastic battle setpieces. This surely sets a new benchmark for the amount of scenes featuring people, motorcycles, random props and/or tigers hurtling through the air towards one another. A lightning-paced three hours of cartoon thrills and caricature heroism and villainy in which our dynamic duo strike back against the empire.
What begins as a chilling slowburn study of post-trauma, paranoid rural alienation mutates into the bastard offspring of David Cronenberg and Screaming Mad George.
Alex Garland paints his gender-bending nightmare in broad, often blatant metaphorical strokes, delivering one of the year’s most daring, disturbing and deranged horror offerings.
Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…
2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…