It’s the remake that just won’t die but I am actually intrigued by this one as it sounds like a different beast from the original.
In a recent interview with Collider Joe Carnahan talks about his vision for The Raid with prep possibly starting in the next few weeks.
Below Carnahan talks about the opening of the film:
You meet [Frank Grillo’s] character having just rotated back from a really, really, brutal special forces operation. He’s got soft tissue damage in his hands, and his rotator cuff is blown out, and they take fluid off his knees, and the doctors basically tell him, “Listen you’re at the razor’s edge of PTSD and you need three months of just nothing, some R&R, because you’re jacked up.’ And in that space, he gets the message that his brother, who he thought had been dead for four years, is actually alive and working for a very bad guy in Caracas, and in 18 hours they’re gonna kill his brother. These forces are gonna descend and murder the bad guy and murder the brother, so do you wanna go and get your brother, who you thought is dead? Do you want that opportunity? So that’s where we start.
I want the entire movie to feel like the knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan. Everything.
In every great action film, there’s always an emotional quotient that you’re dealing with… You have to have a sense of stakes. For all of the tremendous excess of those last two Matrix films, which I enjoyed the hell out of, they never really got to the tension of just Keanu Reeves trying to answer a phone at the end of the first movie. There was great pathos, there was a great sense of, ‘Is he gonna make it?’ The spectacle I think outweighs the heart and soul of it, and that’s what you have to remember is you’ve gotta have that attached.
OK, you have my attention and if anyone can pull this off it’s Carnahan and Grillo… we shall see.