The director of the Hollywood remake of THE RAID has been announced, thereby reminding people that a Hollywood remake of THE RAID is being made.
Australian director Patrick Hughes, who previously gave us neo-western RED HILL and is currently helming THE EXPENDABLES 3, has been tasked with transposing THE RAID’s story into English, thus granting audiences freedom from subtitles during the film’s approximately two dozen lines of dialogue.
Snarking aside, part of THE RAID’s appeal was its unfamiliarity. The Indonesian country and language are unknown to most audiences, while the number of westerners who had even heard of pencak silat before the film’s release was unlikely to have reached treble figures. All we’ll probably get with the remake is a generic action film whose plot will once again be constantly compared to that of DREDD, along with IMDb boards awash with tedious repetitions of “Rip-off!!!!!”
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this is even more of a bad idea than usual.
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