Alan Dee’s film preview: Who will win this week’s sequel smackdown?
With the kids on holiday and family-friendly fare normally to the fore, it’s an odd time for The Raid 2 to batter its way on to our screens.
Fans of the original cult Indonesian martial arts thriller, directed on a shoestring by Welshman Gareth Evans, won’t need any introduction to the full-on combat thrills that also feature in the follow-up.
There’s a slightly larger stage as the action spreads beyond the tight tower block location of the original, but otherwise it’s violent, visceral business as usual.
A much safer bet for an Easter family outing is Rio 2, which provides another helping of animated adventure for a city bird out of his depth in the deepest jungle.
Star names galore crop up in the voice cast, and it’s a reliable if unremarkable way to pass the time if the kids are clamouring for a cinema trip and they’ve already done The Lego Movie and Muppets Most Wanted.
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If you feel moved towards something with a religious theme for Easter, check out comedy thriller Calvary in which the always watchable Brendan Gleeson heads a cast of familiar Irish faces as a priest warned in the confessional that he’s going to be killed and trying to work out who wants to rub him out.
It’s a bit Father Ted and a bit In Bruges, in which Gleeson also excelled, and that can’t be a bad thing.
Also on the horizon is The Quiet Ones, an unexceptional horror offer in which a professor conjures up a poltergeist and quickly regrets it.
It’s based on a real-life incident – aren’t they all? – and it’s another attempt by famous name Hammer Films to join the 21st century.