‘The Raid 3′ Begins During ‘The Raid 2′; New Details Revealed

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The Raid: Redemption was a spectacular American debut for director Gareth Evans, so needless to say that expectations are high for his sequel film, Berandal. But for those who have only been loosely following this hit Indonesian martial arts franchise, you should be aware that The Raid 2 isn’t the final chapter of the story: this thing has been planned as a trilogy from the outset.

So The Raid 3 is already in the planning stages, and now, thanks to Evans himself, we have some early details about what the third chapter will be about.

WARNING – SPOILERS for The Raid: Redemption Follow!




 The Raid 3 Begins During The Raid 2; New Details Revealed

When The Raid: Redemption ended, officer Rama (Iko Uwais) had escaped the death trap of Boss Tama’s high-rise apartment full of murderers and gangsters, thanks to the assistance of his estranged brother, Andi (Donny Alamsyah), who stayed behind to take over as head of Tama’s criminal empire.

However, the corrupt police officials that first manipulated Rama’s squad into Tama’s trap are still at large, and Rama learned that survival had only bought him a slightly extended lease on life, as he would be a marked man after the Tama operation.

Evans previously revealed that The Raid 2 would begin immediately after the first film, and the Berandal trailer revealed that this will indeed be the case – and that Rama will be in for a bigger, badder and bloodier battle than the one he just escaped. 

Iko Uwais in The Raid 2 Berandal The Raid 3 Begins During The Raid 2; New Details Revealed

A plot synopsis for the sequel further details how Rama will go deep cover into the prison system to befriend the son of the city’s crime boss as a means of ferretting out corruption – so where does that leave The Raid 3?

According to Evans’ Tweets about the two sequels (which were compiled by Dark Horizons):

  • The [Raid 2] trailer is 2min 35sec and with the exception of one shot, it’s all new footage from the teaser. Only spoilers for Act 1 setup.
  • Naturally, there’s a ton of stuff we have kept hidden from the trailer. About 4/5 action scenes don’t feature at all.
  • I also wanted to put less emphasis on the brutality – this is the closest I could get to a green band version.
  • The final shot is a tease – that fight I still get goosebumps watching it. Iko and Cecep gave everything they had for it.
  • “The Raid 2″ takes place two hours after the first, “The Raid 3″ would start two hours before “The Raid 2″ ends.
  • We spent 1.5 months just designing the final fight. That’s the most complex we have done so far. Another 3-4 weeks on pre vis. Still a lot of work to do.
  • We had a 3min 45s steadicam scene in a club but we cut it for pacing reasons. All deleted scenes will be on Blu-Ray/DVD. I’ll do a commentary track, hopefully this one will be more interesting.

So, this raises some interesting points about The Raid 3 (not to mention some awesome teases for The Raid 2). First: the third chapter will be an interquel AND a sequel – kind of like what’s happening with the new 300 movie hitting theaters soon.

Rama and Andi vs Mad Dog The Raid Redemption The Raid 3 Begins During The Raid 2; New Details Revealed

It also begs the question of what occurs in The Raid 2 to allow part 3 to start on an overlapping (but separate) narrative thread. If Rama’s story in pt. 2 involves getting into (then out of) prison and taking down both crooks and cops all over the city, could the next chapter begin with Andi or some other character who eventually synchs up with the Rama narrative?

In a world where movie franchises now expand width-wise into bigger universes (not just linear chapters), it’s totally possible that The Raid 3 could indeed widen its horizons – possibly setting up the now standard spinoff installments, should the box office returns warrant them.


WATCH: The Raid 2 Trailer


The Raid 2: Berandal opens in US theaters on March 28th, 2014.

Sources: Twitter via Dark Horizons

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  1. What do you think the possibility of boxoffice income destroying the English remake they talked about awhile back? Honestly as well known Raid:Redemption is in America.
    What would be the point?

    I know so many people who not film freaks like I am talk about Raid like crazy, then if I bring up my all time favorite horror movies REC 1 and 2 or I bring up battle royale. They would have no clue what I am talking about!

    • Battle Royale was on TV again last Friday night, still holds up extremely well and still way better than The Hunger Games.

      Can’t comment on The Raid though, haven’t seen it.

      • Why The Hunger Games relevant to your comment?

        • Because people go nuts over The Hunger Games but I still think Battle Royale is far superior.

          Why (is) your comment relevant to mine? Unless you want to piggyback off my opinions to make a name for yourself here?

        • Because Hunger Games follows a similar plot to Battle Royale, where kids fight to the death…

          • I feel like that’s where the similarities between BR and Hunger Games ends though. They’re pretty different aside from kids fighting each other.

      • You really have to see The Raid. It will change how you see action movies.

      • OOooOOOoooo What channel?

        • FilmFour. No clue if they’re gonna repeat it anytime soon.

  2. Dazz you should watch it, I wont try to hype it up crazily for you but if you like action movies in general then its a must watch.

    • Hoping I can catch it if it’s on TV sometime, enjoy it on a big TV with perfect sound and picture quality (compared to a PC or laptop). I like Tony Jaa movies so I assumed I’d enjoy this one too.

      • I’d say if you enjoy Tony Jaa films than you would certainly enjoy the Raid. The fight scenes are spectacular and damn near incomparable to any other martial arts film. The camera doesn’t shy away from the brutality and the choreography is insanely paced.

  3. awesome stuff, especially the edited for green band trailer bit :D

    this is one director who knows how to film action/martial arts movies :D i would love to see him team up with scott adkins or michael jai white or director isaac florentine (undisputed 2-3 and the ninja movies).

  4. Isaac Florentine’s Ninja Shadow of a Tear is a best martial arts movie of 2013. This year will be the year of The Raid.

    • Thanks to you i just checked out the trailer and I must say,it looks really awesome !
      The cuts in the action scenes seems to be long,I just love that !
      Will have to give it a watch !

      Thanks bro !

    • it was an ok movie at best b/c the fights seemed too clean (he barely got hit throughout the movie), too many fights that you could tell where just added for the sake of showing off scott adkins epic skills (yes too much fighting can be a bad thing, especially when it’s all more or less the same thing over and over).

      my favourite isaac florentine movies would be undisputed 2 and 3 b/c of how tight and brutal the fights where… would love to see him do a proper action movie one day :)

      • Thanks,will check those Movies out !
        I really like the more raw and unedited fight scenes like Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa had !
        No cuts,and long takes,and camera a bit far out so you can see actually the action !
        Most Directors have no idea how to film a proper action scene or fight !
        Maybe cause the actors are not able to fight or its just how they lerned it !

    • That movie sucked. It was far inferior to the first and had a terrible plot. I was very dissappointed because I like Scott and hope he stars in more movies.

  5. Ok what the hell is it with media these days?! Can we not just enjoy what we have at the current moment? I hate this small fad that certain guys in gaming and movies have of just revealing their next project before their current project has even finished

    • So just enjoy what you currently have. How is he preventing you from doing so?

      • Because I’d rather those guys focused on what their doing now even if they do have a plan for the future I don’t want to know about it, it’s hard to focus on what we’re getting now when their going “but next year we’re making X-Men Apocalypse and it’s going to be EVEN better then this film!”

        If you’ve got something else going on then great but I’d rather know about it when the current project is finished.

  6. I must say I’m surprised by the lack of Ninja Shadow of a Tear review on Screen Rant. Sure it’s a small movie but it’s a breakout genre flick. And I thought they’ll be the ones to promote this geeky ninja action

  7. awesome #Like https://www.facebook.com/TheRaid2BerandalUS

  8. Great movie ! Just dont make the mistake of taking your girlfriend to watch it. She wont let you pick a movie ever again. Lol

  9. Cant wait for the Raid 3. I kinda watch the first and second one every day. Seriously.