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The Trailer For THE RAID... This Just May Be The Most Asskicking Film Since John Woo's HARD BOILED!

Published at: Sept. 9, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Nordling here.

I'm not in Toronto, but to the people that managed to see this... they may be some of the luckiest sons-of-bitches on the planet right now.  THE RAID is directed by Gareth Evans (the tremendously awesome MERANTAU), and if you've seen HARD BOILED - the entire hospital sequence, for me, has yet to be topped in action cinema for sheer balls-to-the-wall awesomeness.

Well, this 2 minute trailer may have just done that.  If the whole movie is as amazing as this trailer... you lucky Toronto sons-of-bitches.

I don't know when this opens in theaters, but it needs to be, like, yesterday.  Easily the best trailer of the year for me.  Nordling, out.

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  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Sweet

    by ZooTrain

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Jesus, I need a cigarette.

    by BadMrWonka

    wow

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Great trailer

    by ForkTongue

    Now that's some tight editing. Very well done! It's got my money.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    The irony is that this clip isn't available to people in Toronto

    by Bobo_Vision

    Or the rest of us Canadian bastards.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    That's some gangsta shit right there!!

    by JZM

    This looks solid.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!

    by shartron

    That trailer was better than the waste of time that was Colombiana.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    that was the quickest two minutes ever

    by vicmackey1268

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    This is a pale imitation of Woo

    by Teddy Artery

    and comes no where close to equaling Hard Boiled. "Shaky-cam" does not equal greatness. Plus, those fight scenes looked over-rehearsed (not very spontaneous).

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Release date

    by shartron

    It says Jan 19, 2012 in Indonesia on IMDB. INDONESIA? Hopefully it is as good as the trailer implies and gets picked up in Toronto for an earlier release.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    That looks...worth going to a theater for.

    by ames prather

    Damn. I can't wait to hear if this manages to hold the same pace as the trailer. If so...I'm off to the cine. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    ...iiiii wouldn't go that far...

    by vicmackey1268

    but a free library copy in about a year maybe...or just maybe if someone makes the top 5 action moments from that on youtube I'd watch it... Plus, maybe they'll make an american version and call it the The Departed pt.2

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Is it too early...

    by Kammich

    ...to ask Gareth Evans if he's interested in helming the new Batman series when WB reboots it in a few years? What an awesome trailer. No idea what the movie is about, but thats some impressive action direction.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    What the fuck are you smoking?

    by Erotic Oven

    Cuz I want an ounce. That came no where near topping a single shot of Hard Boiled. That steadicam shot at the start of the hospital shootout was brilliant. Not to mention Hard Boiled had characters and, you know, a plot. While the action in the trailer was cool, that's all it was: action. Maybe they should try giving us an idea of what the movie is about in the next trailer.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Meh, not enough action...

    by tylerzero

    :p

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    a Gareth Evans batman

    by zom-bot.com

    *jizz*

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The boys over at Twitchfilm love it:

    by kaopr1

    Quote: "Let's all hope they give the film the exposure it deserves as this is without a doubt the best action movie in decades." Those guys usually know their films.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Holy shit

    by PedroM

    I second that cigarette.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Ishnt' that jusht like a Jap...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Bringsh a knife to a gun fight.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Canadian who mentioned irony.

    by vanchimera

    Fix your computer. I'm literally in downtown Toronto and I can watch this clip just fine. It's YouTube for Christ's sake. Looks like a great flick, anyhow. I've got a friend who's seeing this flick. He's seeing about 40 TIFF flicks this year. Affluent prick.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Shown at Midnight Madness last night

    by David Simmons

    Saw "The Raid" at Midnight Madness in Toronto last night. Great crowd and great non-stop, bone-crunching ass-whupping film. They gave away two SWAT vests worn by actors in the film at the end; unfortunately I was too far away from the front to get through the feeding frenzy for them.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Uh, nasty...

    by Rhuragh

    They're Indonesian, you douche.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    is that supposed to be good?

    by IndianaPeach

    maybe the worst trailer i've ever seen. oh wait...pay-per-view circa 1989 called, they want their "preview" back... bring on john carter

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    cigarette

    by IndianaPeach

    thirded

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    official selection

    by IndianaPeach

    my nutsack

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Looks more comparable to the ending of A Better Tomorrow II.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    A ton of bullets does not automatically equal Hard Boiled.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    rhuragh, I realize they're not Japanese...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but the Untouchables quote doesn't fit as well with "Indonesian" inserted into it.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'll have to say it's more hype.

    by HellKing

    It was okay because of where it was coming from. But to compare it to John Woo's bests... it falls short.

  • True to life.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Twitch says, "It's the best action movie of the year!"

    by samuraiyao

    Damn, I hate waiting for U.S releases.... I wanna see this shit now!!!!

  • From The Protector... The stair scene is 4 minutes of one staight shot... Much more impressive in my mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM2atZfn87M&feature=related

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Interview with Gareth...

    by Adam Stephen Kelly

    With me, coming soon!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Some people would say there's a thin line between art and pornography

    by SmokingRobot

    I'm not one of them. This is just violence porn. Horrible violence made pretty and appealing to lost souls through the artifice of modern movie-making. Ultimately....it's trash.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    To qoute Spicolli "Awesome, totally awesome."

    by SID 8.0

    Want to see this now.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    That looks insane...ly awesome!

    by Zardoz

    Definitely on my watch list, now!

  • only with more Asians

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I disagree

    by Pipple

    I think overall this type of movie is a natural progression of films as we become more and more inundated with cgi-fests, and now someone's finally saying 'no... noooooooooooooooo' and trying to create realistic albeit exaggerated violence and not the rubbery cartoons we keep getting. It's not porn by a long shot bra. And I'm impressed with the craftsmanship. I don't give a fuck if it has a story, this looks cool...

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Nasty, apologies...

    by Rhuragh

    It is one of my greatest sins that I have not seen The Untouchables...

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    It's cool....

    by roninredshade

    It's cool and all but the digital blood and flames kind of lessens the threat.... Hard Boiled is still better.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Saw this last night! Pretty frickin' awesome.

    by RZA

    Though I will admit that the trailer doesn't really feel like a 'trailer' but more of a 'best of' clip compilation. Great movie, though, no shaky cam, smart camera-work and editing

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    OH SHIT!

    by Violator90

    That was crazy insane! Hell, just by the trailer that looks way better than a lot of so called "action" movies Hollywood is spewing out now a days. The trailer did its job: it has my attention and now I want more.

  • .

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Teddy artery I'm with you...meh

    by rhizomeman

    Looks pretty generic to me. Lots of bullets and shaky cam. Hand to hand fights look very rehearsed, which saps the tension right out of the scene. Can't judge a movie by it's trailer, however, so I'll probably check it out.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    13 Assassins

    by HELLSFOXES

    Nothing in that trailer came close to being as raw, intense, fucked up and brutal as the last 45 minutes of 13 Assassins. They spent over an hour in that film selling you very meticulously on the realism of the damage that a sharp samurai sword can inflict (particularly the opening scene) and when the battle comes, you feel EVERY SINGLE CUT. To me that makes it the best, most intense battle I've ever seen. A gunfight can never seem as awesome anymore.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Hard Boiled = Greatest Action Film Ever Made. End of Story.

    by Emperor

    There's a reason why critics labelled John Woo as "God." Unfortunately, those Hong Kong glory days are now well and truly over.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    rhuragh, dude, you haven't seen The Untouchables...?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Remedy that IMMEDIATELY.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I just pee'd a little

    by sean353535

    pretty sweet

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Bobo I'm in Toronto and was able to view it without any problems

    by Rebel Scumb

  • That was going to be a Woo killer too, if you'll pardon the pun. But people hardly even remember that film now. Hell, people hardly even remember one time hollywood 'it boy' Clive Owen now... I think what some people forget is that action scenes aren't just about slow mo and cool looking shots edited well, they are also about nailing character and context. Don't see any of that here, but it is just a clip, so who knows...

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    and my cup of coffee

    by Darth Valinorean

    I woke up to that trailer sipping my morning cup of java and I have to say that had way more jolt in it than my charged up cup of joe!! Nice trailer.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    zoefan - that Protector restaraunt scene is incredible!

    by BubbaDestructo

    Even more impressive than the hallway fight scene in Oldboy. Amazing that the choreography was spot on throughout that scene, and how the camera was both able to track and do some cool things throughout. And the stunt work was amazing. Definitely have to pick that film up.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I think that guy shot Marvin in the face.

    by Thugsnarf3000

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I Hope the Hollywood Remake Factory Doesn't See This

    by frakthetoasters

    ...they'll want to remake it, and butcher it.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    the whole point of movie making...

    by shawn rhoades

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    One long action snuff film?

    by wonderboy2402

    About the level I would expect.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    <---- buying this on blu as soon as they release it...

    by LargoJr

    It's the only way I can show my support for film-making that isn't insultingly bad.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Great trailer, can't wait for the american remake!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Directed by David Fincher, staring Donnie wahlbeg, Jared Leto, James vanderbeek, Paul walker, and captain Bruce Willis as the whispering Hurt commander who's daughter dies as a result of a drug overdose at the hands of the drug lords and HE WANTS REVENGE!!!!!!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    can't touch that hospital scene in Hard Boiled...

    by biscuithead

    It's the fuckin' best...

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I am . . . intrigued

    by ATARI

    to say the least.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Please come soon!

    by tlsonata

    Because I already came to this trailer! RIMSHOT!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    holy fuck i need to see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    @smokingrobot, well said.

    by kevred

    I agree with you. Looks like just a bunch of sadism and empty adrenaline-rushing with absolutely no point whatsoever.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Looks Bad-Ass ! Need to see it NOW.

    by Se7en

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    You fuckers don't know what you're in for

    by mcflash

    Caught it at TIFF as well and remember how some of you neckbeards were whining that 13 Assassins wasn't up there with the best of the samurai genre and were promptly proven wrong? Get ready to sperg out again because this shit is next-level. Makes Ong Bak look like a Kate Hudson flick and definitely worth mentioning in the same sentence as Hard Boiled.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    THAT's how it's done!

    by BranMakMorn

    Woo shows what's it all about. NO FEAR!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I didn't read all the comments but...

    by dzigakubrick

    That looks a hell of a lot like Tsui Hark's Time and Tide. I'm digging the blend of Hark and Woo. I'm there.

  • Sounds like Mr. Evans has led an interesting life.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Get the director of this for Die Hard 5!

    by MorganLeafy

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Saw it - great action for half the film

    by UtopiaComplex

    The first half is a pretty fucking standard Hollywood-lite cop action flick, but once they're past that bullshit, and the martial arts starts, it's pretty fucking awesome. Still largely pointless, but damn, that Indonesian fighting style, silat is bloody impressive.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    lol. cant wait for the american remake

    by vulturess

    with robert pattinson, kristin stewart, fiddy, justine timberlake, jonah hill, zack efron, kevin james, and snooki as the drunk hooker.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    SEE, THAT IS HOW YOU DO A TRAILER!!!

    by Jonathhan Kana

    I know some police raid goes down, and it all goes to shit or something. but i cant be sure exactly WHAT happens or get a sense of the beginning, middle and end of the film with all the beats. All I know is that it looks good, and Ill be sending the youtube link to friends I think would be interested in seeing it too. THATS WHAT I WANT! THIS IS GREAT SHIT. now, with that said, there are some extremely cliche shots in that trailer. the inside the van shot, the birds eye stairwell shot, etc. over used as fuck. Still, Im excited by a well cut trailer.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Holy fuck

    by Badger23

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I can't stop watching this trailer

    by Badger23

    Great soundtrack accompaniment by Mike Shinoda.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    vulturess, and who do you think would direct the american remake?

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    brian robbins.

    by vulturess

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    if hes too busy maybe stephen sommers.

    by vulturess

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????

    by MainMan2001

    The was one of the craziest things I've ever seen.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    eroticoven

    by MainMan2001

    wasn't steady cam at all. hand held and there is a cut in the "one shot" still amazing but that trailer fucking kicked so much fucking ass i can't believe my eyes.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Interesting that the team chooses not to use optics on their M-4s

    by Badger23

    They are probably concerned that fancy sites will get busted with all that badass Muay Thai going on.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Looks OKAY, not that amazing, you guys are over-rating this

    by Jerry

    Its a VERY COOL trailer, I admit. But it also kinda looks like something that could be shit.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    For everyone talking about how great Hard Boiled is...

    by theBigWasted

    go back and rewatch it. It's just as cartoonish as this trailer. Bad guys practically leap into their bullets and run down hallways holding guns out to the side while they're getting blown away. The hospital scene is silly.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    That was...

    by Sithtastic

    nothing short of awesome. I donæt know if it merits the Hard Boiled comparison. For my money, the end of A Bullet in the Head was more traumatic. Nevertheless, I sooooo want to see this now and honestly for it being it's own thing rather than an homage to anything Woo has done.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    by Adam

    looks very interesting

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Yea, Hardboiled was good in the 6th grade

    by Jerry

    But its actually kinda crap now. Its really silly and cartoonish. Its a little embarrassing. Also notice John Woo ended up being crap.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I miss John Woo

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I wish he would do one more badass modern cop movie before he retires...Expendables, Die Hard 5...a sequel to an established franchise that will get his movie attention, but unlike MI2, is allowed to be R rated, as all Woo movies should be.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    The warehouse sequence in Hard Boiled

    by BillEmic

    is still my favorite action sequence of all time. I know everyone talks about the hospital but for me it's all about when Phillip Kwok and his goons ride into the warehouse and shoot the living shit out of everybody, and then later when Chow Yun Fat repels down from the ceiling and kills at least 50 people with a SMG. Anyway - to the topic at hand...THE RAID trailer is an amazing piece of art itself and I can't wait to see the full film. Merantau Warrior was a great martial arts movie but Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais seem to have taken everything up a notch - way, way up. It looks to combine the best aspects of Merantau with some nice John Woo and Jason Bourne influence.

  • Can we stop with the ridiculous comparisons and over-hyping already? And for those who "grew up" and now think Hard Boiled is trash. What about the Killer? It has the plot, it has the characters, and it has the action. What's next. You watched Terminator 2 for the first time since 6th grade and thought that was silly too? C'mon...bunch of 19 year olds going through the "everything I liked when I was younger was trash" phase.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Best part about trailer - No SloMo

    by onezeroone

    That alone makes me interested. Zack Snyder should learn from this, but then, without slow-mo he'll have to fill the movie with - plot and characters.

  • Everyone talks about Hard Boiled, but The Killer was aces for me.

  • Some of the action scenes look alright but it just doesn't have the style of the John Woo classics. It'll probably be entertaining though, you can never tell just by watching a trailer.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Just the way it looks...

    by Mark Jones

    ...has got me sold! Had to make an account just to express how great this looks. Based on the first reviews, I'm very excited! Not just the violence and choreography but the way that it's filmed (shots like 1:06 for instance). Hard Boiled ties with Die Hard for best action film in my opinion.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Of course Twitch liked it...they produced it.

    by Scottadkinsfist

    Todd brown with Twitch is one of the producers, so of course they all like it. That would be akin to Harry producing a film and AICN reviewing it. That doesn't mean it doesn't look cool. It looks like it can be fantastic.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    smokingrobot

    by gotilk

    Actually they say its a fine line. But you're good, you did what was expected.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Hardboiled was YAWN

    by BBSloth

    but this looks ok

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Yea the Killer is kinda shitty too

    by Jerry

    It's better than Hard Boiled. But the Killer is similarly silly, and cartoonish, with horrible and cliched Woo directing. It was cool in the sixth grade, but it's just embarrassing now. There's a reason all most all of Woos hollywood films are garbage, cuz he is garbage himself.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Drew reviewed it. He fucking loved it.

    by Fawst

    http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/review-torontos-midnight-madness-kicks-off-with-the-raid 99% of the time, he and I are in sync. I'm guessing that I'm gonna enjoy this one, too. That trailer was awesome, fuck the naysayers. Yeah, that's right: FUCK YOU, NAYSAYER.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I agree about the warehouse shootout

    by Mr. Giant

    In Hard Boiled, that's my favorite from that movie. Still think Woo's best is the end of The Killer. That said, this movie is not all shaky cam, shut up whiners. You can clearly see all the action. Maybe the fighting does look a bit rehearsed, but most do. And acting like the "characters" an "story" is why anyone likes Hard Boiled...yeah right. That had the worst cliched shitty plot and the characters were just standard Woo tragic sort of sad badasses. And some of that movie is CHEESY. Let me guess, anyone proclaiming Hard Boiled to be untouchable is about 38, right?

  • When it's not full of videogames, this is what it looks inside Wong's head most of the time.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Damn Exciting Stuff

    by Jack Desmondi

    Puts Hollywood's obsession with wire-assisted, slow mo stuntwork to shame. Only quibble was some pretty bad CGI during the explosion/fireball. Hope this gets a respectable theatrical release

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    John Woo is the man

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    The Killer is best, Hard Boiled right up there, Face/Off, Bullet In The Head, great man

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Wow, now that is how you film action scenes

    by kidicarus

    Fuck shakey cam

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    The 3 best Woo films:

    by Mark Jones

    For different reasons: A Better Tomorrow - the best for storyline and character in my opinion. Great action, but the film wins on delivering a touching tale of brotherhood Hard Boiled - pure unadulterated action and Woo's shootouts has never been better. The story is totally generic and the characters not emotionally engaging though. The Killer- a fantastic balance between the first two, though never really topping ABT for character or HB for action.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Looks fucking sweet but...

    by 7Cal

    One guy above nailed it with the comment about "remember all the hype around Shoot Em Up?" I totally DO remember all the hype, and that movie turned out to be all kinds of meh. That said, I'm excited that McWeeny liked it, he at least gives some cred. Will definitely see it, but am not going to blind-buy on bluray unless it's over 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    by KinjoAlcoholicNinja

    Now this looks like an action movie I can sink my teeth into!!!!! I can't even remember the last time I saw an amazing action movie. True Lies maybe?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Poor fucker brings a knife to a John Woo Standoff!

    by Corwin_X2

    Inspired homage/skit on the classic Woo move.

  • Sept. 16, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Ah ha

    by CAPTAIN RIGHTWING

    Test<p> TEST!

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Looks tremendously awesome!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    No trailer blew me away like this since JOHN RAMBO! WOW!