May 11, 2012

The Raid to explode across the UK

Director Gareth Evan's Indonesian action-fest, after having taken over $4 million at the US box office, is all set to assault the UK. Momentum have announced that The Raid will be opening on over 280 screens nationwide on May 18th, which considering the size of my old stomping ground is a hell of a lot. Even though I have regrettably still yet to see the film this news does make me a happy man. More news below, including links to the theaters that The Raid will be playing. I have also thrown in the US trailer and UK TV spot to further whet the appetite!

10 May 2012, London, UK – Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films Company, will release what film critics are calling “The Best Action Film of the Year”, THE RAID, in 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 on the film’s Fan Hub page ( or 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.

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