‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ US Trailer: One Cop Against The Underworld

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 12th, 2014 at 2:54 am,

Another day, another trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal. Since November, two teasers for the sequel to Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans’ 2012 action classic, The Raid: Redemptionhave been unleashed; one of them is short, violent, and absent of plot, while the other is twice as long, even more violent, and much more interested in the film’s story. Now, fresh off the presses, viewers have a brand new clip to mull over, and it meets about halfway between its predecessors and ends up being just as awesome.

The US trailer, seen above, feels more streamlined than the international number from a few weeks back while also being more expansive than that initial teaser; it provides us with the bare minimum set-up, explaining how our hero, Rama (Iko Uwais) ends up in the clink staring down a never-ending mob of bad guys to dispatch. If you’re out of the loop, The Raid 2: Berandal (literally picking up where The Raid leaves off) puts the embattled police officer right back in the line of fire, taking him undercover to bring down Jakarta’s massive crime syndicate from the inside out.

There’s a bit more to it than that – he has a few objectives along the road, notably involving Uco (Arifin Putra), the son of Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo), one of the bosses in the city’s criminal empire – but this preview isn’t really interested in the details. As far as Sony Pictures Classics is concerned, all you need to know is that Rama’s back, bulked up, and ready to bust more skulls, although he’s not alone there: Evans has a huge rogue’s gallery of highly stylized heavies out for blood, too, like Hammer Girl and the grizzly, bearded Prakoso (Yayan Ruhian, better known to fans as The Raid‘s Mad Dog).

How all of these characters will collide with one another is still secret, and that’s a good thing. This is a lot of footage to mull over, and no one wants to be over-saturated by promo content before the movie comes out. But while this new trailer looks an awful lot like its predecessors, they’re each different enough, both in terms of what they show and how they’re cut, that they feel unique. (Note, for example, the newly kinetic pacing as well as the loss of the international version’s operatic overtone.)

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If Berandal‘s late-March release date places the promise of early reviews too far off for you liking, take heart: the film will enjoy its world premiere tonight at Sundance, so expect reactions to start flowing in shortly. (Perhaps some of them can even hint at how The Raid 3 might intersect with The Raid 2.)

Either way, the film looks fantastic, so we’re all excited for its debut. Hopefully, The Raid 2: Berandal lives up to its hype; these trailers are making it look like it could achieve greatness.


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

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  1. One word describes this. “Wow!”

    I CAN’T WAIT!!!

  2. Amazing.

  3. Seeing THIS! ….and please no dubbing. Asian cinema makes the BEST action movies!! :D

  4. The first film was one of the most well choreographed martial arts films of all-time and certainly the best of the year. I saw “Merantau” and thought Iko and Yanyan (Mad dog) we’re both great in it; their fighting not acting, but it doesn’t hold a candle to “The Raid” and the sequel is looking to follow suit. I loved the “Ip Man” series, with the exception of “Ip Man: The Final Fight”, and have seen and enjoyed every other Donnie Yen flick, and love Tony Jaa and his cannon, as well as Jet and Jackie’s many flicks. Jet’s, “Fist of Legend” and “Twin Warriors” being two of my favorites, and everyone loves Jackie’s “Drunken Master” and I loved “Wheels on Meals”, but all fall short to “The Raid.” I hope the second and third films are as good, better if possible, but don’t over do it and make it unrealistic. I found the scene in the first “Raid” where he and his opponent fell out of the window and plummit to a fire escape landing to be a bit much, everything else struck me as feasible, if one is incredible with their fists and feet, and elbows and knees… Just my spare change…

    • You lost me at “Drunken master and wheels on meals falling short to The Raid. I love The Raid, but the final fight of The Raid was ridiculously tedious and repetitive unlike Drunken Master II’S final fight which showed incredible variety and physicality from Jackie Chan. Lets not forget, Jackie Chan group fights, he has 3 or maybe four people attacking him at the same time but Jackie ingeniusly uses his wit and cunning. While in The Raid, its one after the other getting destroyed by Iko. Please..please watch The Finale of Police Story and compare that to The Raid. I love “The Raid” but please , this movie is not the second coming of martial arts cinema. When I watched it, I thought it was amazing but at the same time I felt that “been here and done that” feel. It wasn’t this mind boggling experience that people perceived it. The Raid 2: Berandal on the other hand, that movie may change my mind.

  5. I welled up with manly tears upon seeing that trailer.

  6. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier, and now The Raid 2: Berandal. Two Sequels this year I’m so excited about! Bring These ON!!!!!

  7. Earliest reports are saying that during the Sundance screening a man fainted from how intense and violent the movie is.

    • @Boondock Saints

      They should quote your comment on the beginning of the very first TV spot.