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THE RAID 2: BERANDAL Trailer Offers More High-Octane Martial Arts and Violence

The Raid: Redemption was a high-octane, action movie riddled with tons of martial arts sequences and intense gun fights. Redemption had a $1 million filming budget and grossed nearly $4.5 million in the US upon release, and $15 million worldwide. Rightfully so, it was a commercial success and the film is considered a modern martial arts classic.

It’s been more than a year since the original film’s release and we’re ready for some more ass-kicking goodness. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to see that the full Indonesian trailer for the sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal is now live:

It’s clear that Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans is back in his element, having taken a break to produce V/H/S/2. The trailer starts off a bit slow, but once it jumps into full gear it will knock your teeth right out of your mouth. We can see the same flawless fight choreography, violence and colorful characters shining bright.

The Raid 2 – simply titled Berendal in Indonesia – follows Officer Rama (Iko Uwais) as he is forced to join an undercover task force following the events of the first film, just two hours after Redemption’s conclusion to be exact. His family is now in grave danger and he must do what he can to protect them. Parties connected to the destruction Rama caused in the past are already working diligently to hunt him down.

We can glean from the trailer that his mission is to get dangerously close to Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo), a mob boss and the film’s big bad. He must do so by making friends with Bangun’s son, Uco (Arifin Putra). As it turns out, Uco is in prison which means that Rama must also be incarcerated. Rama must use any means necessary to link Bangun to the corruption in the Jakarta Police Department, and put a stop to it once and for all.

Of course, our beloved antagonist is wracked with a more personal desire to see his revenge through to the end which is still heavily fueled from the first film. If he doesn’t come to terms and learn to balance his emotions, including his bloodlust, he will fail his mission, thus putting everyone he loves directly in the crosshairs.

One thing is very clear from this trailer, The Raid 2 is going to up the stakes considerably and Rama will need to make some fork lift rentals just to carry the massive load of bodies he’s going to leave in his wake.

There are sure to be plenty of action sequences featuring hand-to-hand combat, car chases, gunfights and more. As a fan of the original, I am very excited to see what is to come. Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films have announced that The Raid 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 28, 2014, almost two years after the first film debuted here in the States.

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