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FANGORIA will host a free screening of the award-winning Indonesian action thriller THE RAID in
New York City, hosted by director Gareth Evans, who will also conduct a
Q&A. The special event, taking place Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., will be
held at New York City’s Cinema Village (22
East 12th Street, off University Place). See below for more details and pics.
The Fango screening of THE RAID will be a free show; to obtain tickets, send an e-mail to
must list “THE RAID” as your subject line. Offer is good for you and one
guest. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served,
and we will confirm your RSVP. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This advance
preview is presented by Sony Pictures Classics, whICH will release THE RAID
theatrically March 23.
A hit at 2011’s Toronto International Film Festival (where
it won the Midnight Audience Award), this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the
Dublin Film Festival (winner of Audience and Critics awards), THE RAID follows
Rama (Iko Uwais), a member of a Special Forces team that arrives at a rundown
apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord. The
seedy building has become a sanctuary to ruthless killers, gangs, rapists and
thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they can’t be touched
by the police. When a spotter blows their cover, Rama and his men must fight
their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their
mission, but to survive their bloody ordeal.
Reviewing the film, Quint of Ain’t It Cool News said, “THE
RAID feels like someone put John Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 in a
blender with ONG-BAK and hit puree!” Devin Faraci of Badassdigest.com noted,
“THE RAID is one for the pantheon, a truly great and amazing action film that
will be revisited for generations. It’s an action masterpiece.” And Peter
Sciretta of Slashfilm.com commented, “I had no idea how hard my ass was going
to get kicked by this Indonesian action movie. This is the best action film
I’ve seen in years.” Finally, after seeing THE RAID, Robert Koehler of Variety wrote, “…viewers will wonder how the amazing battle
that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again.”
With THE RAID (see official website here), Fango offers you the perfect actionfest to
get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping. Watch for an advance review and
Evans interview on this site soon. See you at the show on March 14!
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