Celebrate The Raid’s Irish release with claymation cats!

| o | - Take that Indonesian clay kitten!

Yes I know we’ve been talking about The Raid: Redemption a lot but dammit if it’s not the best action film we’ve seen in years.

Anyway, One Cool Thing a Day featured this rather delightful 3-minute claymation version of the Gareth Evans film which has been captivating audiences at film festivals and across North America and now lands on Irish and British shores. The video is made by English animator Lee Hardcastle who “makes claymations that are not for children.” For more of his work check out his website at leehardcastle.com.

And if that isn’t enough, here’s the making of…

The Raid is playing all across Dublin’s cinemas from today. Read our review and other coverage of the film here.

The Raid (Serbuan maut) // JDIFF 2012

Originally reviewed on Monday, February 27, 2012 following a screening at JDIFF 2012.

Street Fighting Man - ★★★★★

I don’t think anyone was quite prepared for the JDIFF screening of The Raid at the Savoy and what we got didn’t disappoint.

To read this next paragraph will probably take longer than the set up for the film. It tells the story of a SWAT team commissioned with taking down a local drug lord who has total command of a block of flats. He rents rooms to all types of rogues and vagabonds and it has become a no go area for the police, until now. The team consists of about twenty man who subsequently get mowed down in about 5 minutes. The remaining few must use all their skills to try and survive the nightmare they have found themselves in.

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Raid director Gareth Evans double news item alert

Gareth Evans. Image from http://thefilmstage.com/

| o | - Gareth Evans. He made The Raid.

The Raid (aka Serbuan Maut) took home awards at TIFF 2011 and JDIFF 2012 and knocked viewers for six. Well for five. Five stars. As per our review. Yes indeed.

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JDIFF announce their 2012 award winners

| o | - Adieu JDIFF 2012

Congratulations to The Raid for taking both the Audience Award and Critics Choice Prize at this years Jameson Dublin International Film Festival!

I thought it was definitely the best film of the festival (check out the ★★★★★ review here) but nice to see it getting some official recognition too. It was great to see Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride receiving the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for his stellar performance in Silence which I was lucky enough to catch.

You can catch the full list of winners here.

We’ll have more reviews online in the next few days as we look to wrap things up on this year’s festival.