Two quick notes before we get to the story: First, you should know that the following clip contains a ridiculous amount of gore. In context it’s not gratuitous per se, but you still probably shouldn’t show this thing to your kids. Second, yes, we realize this isn’t exactly hard news, but it’s Saturday night, nothing’s going on, and the Internet loves cats.
Alright, now for the interesting bit.
Hopefully by now you’ve all seen Gareth Evans’ The Raid. We say “hopefully,” because given that it’s a foreign-produced action film, there is likely only a small number of you even aware that it exists. If you fall into that camp, the short version is that The Raid is an Indonesian thriller/action movie comparable to Die Hard, only with better stunt work and decidedly less Bruce Willis. IMDB describes the plot thusly: “In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner – a notorious drug lord named Tama.”
In its 101 minute run-time, many, many people are shot, many, many people are stabbed and many, many people are disabled in horrifically gruesome fashion by a SWAT team that seems to have been trained by an angry Tony Jaa. In sum, it’s an intense, visceral action flick, the likes of which we don’t really see here in The States anymore.
Unfortunately, as I said above, it’s an Indonesian film and thus hasn’t had that much exposure in America. In an effort to change this and simultaneously homage the film, a man calling himself “Lee Hardcastle” has decided to recreate the film in claymation, with a few minor changes. For instance, the original film does not star cats, nor does it center around a massive catnip farming operation. Also, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure the climactic showdown doesn’t end with the lead bad guy chasing a ball of yarn out a window.
Anyway, the crucial point here is that Hardcastle’s vignette is hilarious, brutal and well worth a few minutes of your time. After all, you’re surfing the ‘net on a Saturday night; it’s not like you have more important things to do.
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