Following the surprisingly silat showdown of The Raid: Redemption in 2011, the hardcore film fans could enjoy the most-awaited sequel starting this week. Sony Classics is set to release The Raid 2: Berandal in limited release on March 28th and go wide on April 11th.
For all the hype and breathless press that greeted the first Raid in March of 2012, Scott Mendelson noted, the film made just $4.1 million in America. That’s all? No. This film even gets a Hollywood remake. Australian filmmaker and Expendable 3 director Patrick Hughes is set to direct the American version of The Raid, which caught the attention of international film critics at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
What has the new film got? A prison yard riot staged in mud. One guy taking on a nightclub full of assassins. A wayward taxi chase that ends with terrible things being done with restaurant equipment. A young man who’s figured out how to weaponize baseballs while his sister wipes out a subway car full of bodyguards with just two clawhammers.
But The Raid 2: Berandal –with overseas critics calling it ‘one of the greatest action films of all time’ but also ‘possibly the most violent film of the year‘– is strictly for adults.
The Raid 2: Berandal
(150 minutes, Merantau Films)
Director: Gareth Evans
Screenwriter: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Cecep Arif Rahman, Veri Tri Yulisman, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian, Cok Simbara, Roy Marten, Pong Harjatmo, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo.
Producers: Ario Sagantoro, Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian