!(feature_c)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f7a1881bfbb2f000100000b.jpg!Award-winning action thriller The Raid opens in UK cinemas on Friday, May 18th on a wave of excitement. Critics have been wowed by the Indonesia/USA co-production which brings Welsh-born writer-director Gareth Evans together with Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais – the pairing responsible for the martial arts extravaganza Merantau Warrior.
The Raid is set in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums. There stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block: 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs. Inside it houses many of the city’s most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area’s most notorious crime lord. The fortress-like safe house protects them from the law, until an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor.
The Raid was the winner of the coveted Audience Award for Best Film and the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Film at the Dublin International Film Festival in February, the first time both awards have gone to the same film. It was also the Winner of the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Its intense, non-stop series of fight sequences is scored by Linkin Park vocalist, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda and has already has critics purring with delight.
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