This past weekend I got the chance to see the Indonesian action film, The Raid.
Needless to say, if you know me at all….you know that this film is completely my cup of tea. It’s the kind of action film I crave. Amazing fights, tight story, likeable heroes, hateful villains, kick ass score (which I am listening to right now as I write this) and wonderful direction.
So of course…..Hollywood wants to remake it.
So lets ask this question, the question everyone ask when they hear a film is going to be remade…WHY?
For the Studio, the answer is simple: it’s got an easy premise to redo and it’s got some name recognition.
Ok, I get that, but can I explain that isn’t really enough to remake this movie?
What’s there to remake? The premise isn’t such a high concept idea that you can easily see another take on it. This isn’t an Infernal Affairs to The Departed situation. It’s main appeal is that it’s simple. It’s a reason to have fights.
What I’m trying to get at here, is that The Raid works because of execution.
The way that writer/director/editor, Gareth Evans , and his star/fight choreographer, Iko Uwais, have crafted this film with razor sharp action movie accuracy is what’s blowing people away from this film.
It’s clear that Gareth Evans is from the school of showing clear fight geography, a class that a few Hollywood directors should retake…or take if they haven’t yet. :::coughGaryRoss:::coughMichaelBay:::coughEVERYOTHERHOLLYWOODDIRECTOR…cough
My suggestion? Instead of remaking The Raid, learn from it. Watch it a few times, and listen to the audience. See and hear what’s getting them excited.
Hollywood used to be the home of high adrenaline filled action films! Your telling me there isn’t a single script in the piles and piles of scripts you guys have underneath all the remakes,reboots, prequels, sequels, comic book movies, and TV show adaptions that you can’t retro fit to have your own The Raid?
I’m sure you do. You’re just not looking hard enough.
Sigh…your not even listening to me are you? That’s ok, I’ll just watch The Raid again.