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Sundance 2012 – Day One

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Sundance 2012 – Day One

6:00 pm
Wish You Were Here
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

9:00 pm
The Raid
at Broadway Cinema III in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

There was an ECW professional wrestler named Tommy Dreamer who got his nickname, “The Innovator of Violence,” primarily by beating people over the head with a Singapore cane. The world may have found a brand new innovator in Gareth Evans, a Welsh-born filmmaker who works in Indonesia. This straightforward story follows a Indonesian riot squad’s attempt to take down a local crime lord and play every bit like a video game with human avatars bearing the brunt of every kick, gunshot wound, and stabbing.

Evans’ stated goal of showing off silat is impressively carried out and shows the Indonesian martial art to be a highly kinetic and filmic discipline. The red-band trailers floating around for this movie hardly do it justice, as there is actually an impressive bit of restraint shown by the filmmaker. This makes The Raid a good counterpoint to a movie I saw opening night last year, I Saw the Devil. Where Devil reveled in showing the viewer every grotesque bit of graphic violence possible, the restraint shown in The Raid makes the few moments where the camera does dwell on a particular violent act much more visceral. Also adding to the heart-pounding action is an impressive keyboard-driven score by Joseph Trapanese which could have easily been pulled out of an 80’s action movie and fit the subject matter perfectly.

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: The Raid
Festival Favorite: The Raid

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Written by ireviewsomething

January 21, 2012 at 12:34am

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