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“THE BEST ACTION FILM OF THE YEAR” IS COMING TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU!

Film critics are calling it “The Best Action Film of the Year”, The Raid, is hitting over 280 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 18 May.

An up to date list of all the cinemas playing The Raid and show times is here or at the official UK Facebook page.



Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums stands an impenetrable apartment block; a safe house for the city’s most dangerous killers and gangsters and considered untouchable to even the bravest of police.  Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it.  When rookie cop Rama is the last man standing, he must fight his way to the top of the building to complete the mission and escape with his life.

The Raid stars the newest action movie superstar, Iko Uwais, was written and directed by Welshman, Gareth Evans and features a kick ass score by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and composer Joe Trapanese.

Xavier Marchand, managing director of Momentum Pictures commented, “Hands down, The Raid is spectacular and exhilarating, it’s an action masterpiece.  Gareth Evans has reinvented the action movie; he could be the godchild of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo!”

Since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, where it won the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Audience Award, The Raid has wowed packed cinemas here and abroad including Sundance and SXSW festivals.  At the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, The Raid scooped both the coveted Audience Award, and the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Film – the first time both awards have gone to the same film and received a 9 minute standing ovation when it played within the Filmfour Frightfest strand at the Glasgow Film Festival.

The Raid will receive a special 12 screen premiere across Wales on Wednesday 16th May and Evans will be on hand for a preview and Q+A at Manchester’s Odeon Printworks on the night of 17th May and in London on the day of release.  Awesome!


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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