Friday, September 9, 2011

TIFF 2011: Martial Arts Sensation Iko Uwais at "The Raid" Midnight Madness Premiere

TIFF is back! This year, I'm excited to see 32 movies in 10 days.

In addition to street style, I'll be treating you to film reviews and celebrity photos. So be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get the inside scoop.

Don't be fooled by Iko Uwais' sweet demeanour.  This gentleman's mortal combat skills are to be reckoned with.  In the Indonesian action film The Raid, he delivers brutal blows to his opponents with the velocity of a fully-automatic weapon.

Uwais plays Rama, a dedicated cop who leads a task force in bringing down a drug cartel protected in a fortress-like apartment building.  After their stealth operation is compromised, the swat team quickly find themselves in a war zone -- not only against the cartel but also the local residents.

The Raid is short on story but big on action, which wasn't disappointing to the screaming midnight madness crowd.  Writer/Editor/Director Gareth Huw Evans gives us wall to wall gun and machete play, but it's the film's bone-crunching and bloody martial arts (brilliantly choreographed by Uwais and fellow actor Yayan Ruhian) that take centre stage.

If you're a fan of the genre then do yourself a favour and see The Raid when it comes to your local theatre.

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