We’ve been keeping our eye on genre films gaining notice on the independent circuit, and today’s recommended viewing is the trailer for an action film that looks pretty sweet; and by “sweet” we mean insanely epic and awesome. If your blood pumps hot at the sight of a great action scene, you definitely need to watch this.

The film is called The Raid: Redemption, and its premise is deliciously simple: 20 elite cops raid the building of a notorious crime lord and must search the 15-story structure for their target. But the crime lord knows the cops are there, and has plenty of nasty surprises in store for them. Mayhem, martial arts, and a lot of gun play quickly ensue.

Check out the trailer for The Raid: Redemption, followed by a poster and a detailed synopsis, which delves deeper in the plot of the film:

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As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block.  But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.

Now check out some info about the film’s director, Gareth Huw Evans:

Recently named one of 2012’s “Directors To Watch” by Variety – Gareth Huw Evans reteams onTHE RAID with Iko Uwais, the star and fight choreographer of the cult sensation MARENTAU – which first brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat to global attention.  Already a word-of-mouth sensation at the Toronto Film Festival, where it played to sold out crowds, the film is now poised to reach global audiences with a propulsive new score by alternativerocker/composers Mike Shinoda of “Linkin Park” and Joe Trepanese of “M83″.

Basically, this movie looks badass. That one shot at the end of Rama bouncing a crook’s head against the wall like a ping-pong ball is enough to get me in the theater – and I’m certainly not the only action fan out there saying that. There are shades of Smockin’ Aces and the Brazilian hit film Elite Squad in this basic setup for The Raid, but if it entertains as well as those aforementioned films did (certainly looks like it will), action fans should be appeased.

The Raid: Redemption will be released in select theaters on March 23, 2012.

Source: Sony Pictures Classics