V/H/S/2

V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Most of his collection I would say was snuff and CP, but he had at least one that was the real thing. I don’t even think he knew what it was.”  So says missing student Kyle (L.C. Holt) in a webcam recording that a pair of camera-toting private investigators…

Apostle

Apostle (2018)

Apostle first published by VODzilla.co Welsh writer/director Gareth Evans found improbable success with his Indonesia-set film Merantau (2009), which drew international attention to local martial art pencak silat, and introduced the world to its extraordinary exponent Iko Uwais. Uwais would go on to star in Edwards’ two best known titles, the intense Indonesian action thrillers…

Raid 2

The Raid 2 (2014)

“It’s a question of ambition really,” says up-and-coming gangster Bejo (Alex Abbab) at the beginning of The Raid 2. “Let me rephrase that: it’s a matter of limitation.” Ambition and limitation are key dynamics in Gareth Evans’ sequel to his 2011 action film. The cruel yet calculating Bejo is “in this for the long run”,…

Ass

Five Asian Action Films That Kick Ass!

Five Asian Action Films that Kick Ass! first published by Scene360. In a sense, all Asian action movies kick ass – even those no-budget DTV ‘ninja’ flicks that seemed to come out once a week in the Eighties. Ass-kicking is what defines them. Yet there are some martial arts movies that can take on the competition…

Raid

The Raid (2011)

The Raid first published in S&S Jun 2012 Review: Opening with the image of a ticking watch placed beside a gun, The Raid (Serbuan Maut) is, as those props would suggest, a tense, hyperviolent action thriller, set almost entirely in a deadly 15-story tenement that has been built as much from the tropes and cliches…