In 2012, action fans were spoilt rotten when Gareth Evan’s and his team delivered The Raid: Redemption which has gone on to be hailed as one of the best action films EVER. So when it was announced that its sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, was coming fans around the world cheered in delight at the news. So, to celebrate today’s release of the very first teaser trailer for the film here are five things that we have learned about the upcoming sequel:
The film will be set two hours after the events of the first movie, Berandal (which is Indonesian for “thugs”) will not be filmed in real-time like the first movie. Instead, it will take place over a long period of time allowing for Evans to develop the plot and scope as well as taking the time to perfectly introduce some interesting characters.
Iko Uwais reprises his role as Officer Rama and sees his character uncover the corruption going on in his own police force. Without realising the corruption spans a much broader world than he had imagined it would appear from the trailer that Rama will is headed for a significant period of time behind bars.
Julie Estelle will play Hammer Girl, one of the new characters. After having the privilege of watching an exclusive clip from Berandal which was shown during this years Film4 Frightfest we were blown away. Her fighting style is ‘hari mau’ and armed with two hammers the scene took place in a moving subway car and saw her her make mince meat out of a group of guys wearing suits. There are no words to describe just how awesome this scene truly was.
Joining Estelle and Uwais will be Alex Abbad, Yayan Ruhian, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki.
From the action contained in the new teaser trailer and in the clip we saw during Film4 Frightfest it appears that Evans and his crew have perfectly recaptured the style and brilliance of the first movie, expanding on this by exploring new spaces and adding some truly fierce characters.
The Raid: Berandal is due for a 2014 release but in the meantime we strongly recommend that you check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section. And if all of this isn’t reason enough to catch the sequel then you can always have a read of our recent interview with director Gareth Evans right here.