Jakarta Calling…

Today saw the debut of the teaser trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL. If you never saw Gareth Evans’ first slice of martial arty Indonesian awesomeness, then why the hell not? It was stunning.

The trailer doesn’t reveal much, it’s only the first teaser after all, but it looks like Evans’ creativity and boldness in style of editing and cinematography is alive and well, and we get the briefest of looks at the beautifully presented acts of ultraviolence to come.

Plot-wise, we know next to nothing. The closing minutes of THE RAID heavily implied a greater threat to super-cop Rama (Iko Uwais) and his redeemed ex-criminal brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah) was on the horizon following their joint effort to topple a drug lord and the corrupt law enforcers on his payroll. Are we seeing glimpses of this sequel’s antagonists, the ones who were pulling strings behind the scenes in the first film? Will Andi really be able to escape his dark past and save his soul? Why is Rama in prison, and more importantly, how many peoples’ bones will he break to get out?

The Raid 2: Berandal is currently in post production, and the trailer assures us it will be out sometime in 2014. In the meantime, why not watch the first Raid again, or Evans and Uwais’ first collaboration, MERANTAU? I promise, they’ll blow your mind.

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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One Response to Jakarta Calling…

  1. Jaskee says:

    Seeing as I’m a huge fan of The Raid: Redemption, it’s no surprise that I feel like I need to see the sequel.

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