‘The Raid 2′ Gets a 2014 Release Date

Published 10 months ago by , Updated January 20th, 2014 at 9:05 am,

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In today’s world of overblown action sequences and overdone visual effects, it’s rare for an action film to bring something truly fresh and different to the table. However, according to many film fans, writer/director Gareth Evans Indonesian-language release The Raid: Redemption accomplished just that.

The film currently stands at an impressive 85% Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com (read our own Kofi Outlaw’s glowing review) and earned nearly four times its $1.1 million production budget in domestic theaters. Given its success (and Evans’ ambitious approach to capturing its many action set pieces), it came as little surprise when the filmmaker announced that a sequel, subtitled Berandal, was in the works. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the film, via its first trailer, but now U.S. fans know exactly when they can catch the next chapter of The Raid saga at their local theater.

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that The Raid 2 will storm its way into theaters in the United States on March 28, following its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January. Evans will return to write and direct the film, with Iko Uwais back starring as Rama. As previously reported, The Raid 2 will pick up right where the first film ended, sending Rama undercover to investigate the corruption within his own police force and broadly expanding the film’s scope in the process.

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Evans has indicated that Berandal – now the middle chapter in a proposed Raid trilogy – was the film he first intended to make, before deciding that the budget was too steep at the time. Now that The Raid: Redemption has proven successful, the filmmaker will be able to expand on the intense and bloody fight scenes and intriguing criminal underworld he has created, presumably with a much larger budget at his disposal. Plus, fans can expect more memorable and imposing characters like the first film’s Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian). Take, for example, the addition of “Hammer Girl.”

While the American remake of The Raid: Redemption remains in development and Evans himself is slowly making the move to English-language action films, fans of the original film will no doubt be counting the days until its much-anticipated sequel makes its way into theaters this coming spring. Here’s hoping The Raid 2 can match (or even exceed) the thrill of its predecessor.

Will you be seeing The Raid 2 when it arrives in domestic theaters in March? What do you think Rama will be up against next?

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The Raid 2: Berandal hits U.S. theaters on March 28, 2014.

Source: Sony Pictures Classics

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  1. I’m excited! I had to wait until the first one came out on netflix to see it. Movie theatre will be awesome!

  2. tell me this doesn’t look better than that superhero, CGI, wire crap! Its getting really old. Thank you PG-13! This is what action is supposed to be! Hell yes I’ll be seeing this in theaters. The first is my favorite action movie to date

  3. Was lucky enough to see the first one, thanks to all the hype leading towards its release on this site. I’m purposely staying away from ALL footage, I’ll just stroll into the theater March 28.

  4. i peed a little.

    im giddy

  5. hopefully the success of the first one as well as an increased budget means a wider release b/c finding this movie in cinemas was like finding a needle in a hay stack :( the experience was awesome, i think the best viewing had ot be in theatres b/c of the surround sound (making the music sound even more epic) and massive screen. i just don’t get the adrenaline rush at home as i did when watching this at the theatres :(

  6. All the CBMs and sci-fi films are fine and dandy, but this here, is my most anticipated film of 2014!

  7. What I don’t understand is why other audiences needed to have ‘Redemption’ tacked on the title. There is no redemption in the freaking film! And the sequel should be called Berandal, not “The Raid 2″. *sigh*

  8. You put the wrong movie poster up there. Mr. Evans already release the official movie poster.