The cold and dark mornings have driven me back into the gym to run this past week. I don't mind so much - as much as I love running outside, the cold is almost painful. And being inside has another advantage - it allows me to watch movies on my iPad as I pound the treadmill. I've been rewatching The Raid 2 and I have to say I think it's one of the most amazing action films. The original I saw in NYC and found it almost too brutal. In fact many people walked out as faces got smashed and bones broken. The sequel is if anything more violent but perhaps because there is more of a story, it seems more acceptable this time.
There's also a much better cast of characters - not just faceless thugs to be beaten or shot. I love Hammer Girl who takes on a train of thugs with just a couple of claw hammers and a pair of sunglasses. Total bad ass.
There's also a chase scene and fight within moving girls that is breath-takingly original and one I expect to be ripped off by mainstream Hollywood at some point very soon. If you love action and martial arts mayhem - this is the one for you!