Los Angeles: Gareth Evans` Indonesian film `The Raid: Redemption` is releasing here Friday and the director promises some edge-of-the-seat action sequences that will not only keep the audience engaged, but also leave them shocked.
"`The Raid: Redemption` is like a thrill ride of a film ... something that starts and stays relentless in terms of its pace in the action from beginning till the end. There are tonnes of action sequences where each is distinctly different from the other (i.e. weapon-based fights to using bare hands)," Welsh director Evans, who is settled in Indonesia, said in an email interview.
The film, which features Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy, is about traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silatis. It will be released in four different languages - English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu by Multivision Multimedia India.
"I would say the USP is the martial art form portrayed in the film called `Pencak Silat` that gives the movie a different identity when compared to other action or Asian action movies.
"Our plan is to shock the audiences and keep them engaged at all times. With the unique choreography that is much more aggressive, it also has shades of black comedy that sets it apart from other serious action movies," he added.
This is the second collaborative venture between Evans and Uwais, after their first action film, "Merantau" in 2009. Evans admits he likes to challenge himself when it comes to filmmaking.
"As for experience, I have always been interested in films that are set in one location as they bring up lot of challenges and we did face quite a few while shooting for `The Raid...`," he said.
"For instance, in some cases the fight choreography dictated how the set needs to be designed, there were certain ideas that took place two-three months before pre-production (i.e. certain movement and falls demanded specific props and structures for the rooms for which we had to work 2-3 months in advance). All in all, it was an amazing experience and the whole team of The Raid is happy with the final outcome," he said.