Forget "The Hunger Games," Where To See "The Raid: Redemption"

Posted 3:54 PM March 23rd, 2012 by Senh Duong
The Raid: Redemption

If you’re like me, then while everyone’s lining up for “The Hunger Games” on Friday, you’re looking to find the closest theater that’s showing “The Raid: Redemption,” the Indonesian martial arts thriller that’s taken film festivals by storm.

“The Raid: Redemption” is directed by Gareth Evans and stars Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais. The plot sounds like the last ten minutes of Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death,” where he takes on a different martial arts style and a more difficult opponent on each floor of a pagoda. Now stretch that 10 minutes into a feature length movie and throw in guns, machetes, and lots of gangsters in a rundown apartment. Sounds like a good time to you?

Well, it certainly is a good time to a lot of critics. “The Raid: Redemption” scored 85% on Rotten Tomatoes with 55 reviews so far. Critics are calling this an action-packed, energetic, and thrilling ride. Some even call it a masterpiece - THE action movie of the year.

Unfortunately, it’s only opening in 13 theaters on Friday, but will expand to other cities in the following weeks. If you’re a resident of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Evanston, then you are lucky. You get to watch “The Raid: Redemption” today.

If you live in Sacramento like me, then you’ll have to wait until April 13th. Yes, another three weeks of hearing from onliners how great and awesome the film is.

If you live elsewhere, then head over to the official site for the full release schedule.

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