Film critic @ Wired, Esquire, Badtaste
Italy correspondent @ Screen International
Upside down The Raid: from top to bottom a white princess with martial arts skills has to beat up a ton of white men to save her family and reign. Professional choreographies for 90 minutes of fights with few stunt doubles, a lot of long takes and camera participating to the action movements. Few computer graphics, very little cheating and a lot of atheltic skills.
This isn't asian cinema, nor it has real athletes to do the action, yet it's real action cinema for kids and teens.
That sixth generation feeling for the city, that Sense of Urban despair and loneliness, that ability to capture all this stealing images from real life finding a contagious Hunger for love hidden everywhere, in real faces, in scrapped walls, smoked cigarettes, half Empty beer glasses, handycam and dark ladies.
There really Is nothing like late 90s and early 00s chinese films!