Certain foreign films cry out for remakes. They exist so wholly in their particular country’s culture and customs that Americans usually have a hard time figuring them out (just ask Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein). There are other movies, however, that don’t need a Western adaptation, especially when they so successfully mimic our own genre tropes. For them, it’s hard to imagine how their impact won’t be lost in the translation. Such is the case with Gareth Evan’s amazing Indonesian action film ‘The Raid: Redemption.’
Using a simply premise (a police SWAT team infiltrate an apartment building run by a ruthless drug dealer and his gang) and a whole lot of amazing martial artistry (especially from leads Iko Uwais, Donny Alamsyah and scene stealer Yayan Ruhian), the effort announced Evan’s as a director worth watching and his next movie, a sequel called ‘Berandal,’ much anticipated.
In the meantime, Sony is starting to put together a package that will see ‘The Raid: Redemption’ remade, with Evans acting as an executive producer. According to the website Screen Rant, the duo behind the godawful ‘Battleship’ and the equally repellant ‘Red 2,’ Jon and Erich Hoeber, will be handling the rewrite of an already existing script. Apparently, they will be sticking with the same set-up and storyline, but adding a few of their own touches to make the movie more relevant to us non-Indonesians. Apparently, well choreographed fight scenes, epic gun battles, and the kind of stuntwork that has made Hollywood films the number one entertainment export worldwide are too complicated for American audiences. We have to have some sort of dumbed down story and a name above the marquee guide us through the fine art of ass kicking.
Indeed, this is clearly being done so that some studio and their star can glom onto the greatness created by Evans and his cast/crew. ‘The Raid: Redemption’ is a classic, a no holds barred experience in human endurance that offers up moments so brutal you wonder how anyone, including the actors, survived. America will definitely lighten things up, probably giving the rookie cop lead a lamentable sidekick (comic or coming up on retirement) to tie into our hot dog and apple pie idea of teamwork. They will also probably play up the relationship between the lead and his overly concerned wife. In the original, she is seen fretting for a few moments, and then moved aside for more mayhem.
Hopefully, Evans won’t let them ruin his commercial calling card. Unless he eventually agrees to direct, however, the US take on ‘The Raid: Redemption’ will be another in a long line of unnecessary remakes.
Source: Screen Rant.com