'The Raid: Redemption'


High-Rise Mayhem

Daily from Jan. 18-19
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Jan. 20
3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
$8 per film

Trylon Cinema is serving up an action-packed double feature with High-Rise Mayhem. Indonesian actioner The Raid: Redemption (2011) opens the cinematic melee with a spectacularly ill-fated police incursion into a drug kingpin’s towering apartment fortress. Trapped in the building and stalked by maniacal henchmen and mercenary residents, the few surviving officers face dangers down every corridor, battling with an assortment of guns, knives, improvised explosives, and, most critically, the bone-splintering maneuvers of Pencak Silat (an Indonesian martial art). Following a remarkably similar set-up, the science-fiction action of Dredd (2012) captures the fraught brutality of its cult comic source material, Judge Dredd, while wisely ignoring the campy 1995 Sylvester Stallone adaptation. Here the titular law enforcer and his novice partner pursue another maniacal drug lord in another high-rise guarded by another crew of crazed baddies. Starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, Dredd features unrelenting action as our heroes ascend 200 floors of mayhem to breach the criminal stronghold. By the end of this frenzied double bill, audiences will be reeling from the adrenaline high of two masterfully constructed models of cinematic action.