I Have Seen Footage From THE RAID 2. And It Is Awesome.

The audience at last night's Frightfest screening of V/H/S 2 got a special surprise. Gareth Huw Evans (as co-director of one of the segments) came in for the screening, and he brought with him a world exclusive clip from The Raid 2: Berandal.

While The Raid 2 begins two hours after the story of the first film ends, the narrative spans about four years, according to Evans, so is much broader in scope. With that in mind, the clip introduces us to a new character. Her name is Hammer Girl. Evans described her fighting style as 'hari mau'. Apparently it means 'tiger style', and it looks outstanding (It's the same style Iko Uwais uses in Merantau).

The clip we saw is from an action scene on a moving subway car: Hammer Girl against a bunch of guys in suits. The clip was only a few minutes long, but it was enough to see that not only have Evans and his crew maintained the freshness and brilliance of the first film, finding new and inventive ways to present action and martial arts, but they've gone above and beyond by exploring new spaces and (obviously) new characters.

I won't pretend to be the action film aficionado that many of my Twitch colleagues are. All I know is, not 10 minutes before the screening began, I was lamenting to some friends about the dearth of great female action heroes in recent years. It was as if Evans had been reading my mind. Set any worries you might have had aside; The Raid 2 is going to be awesome. And I have my Halloween costume for 2014.
Around the Internet:
  • mcabdul

    director gareth huw evans showed the raid 2 berandal teaser exclusively for indonesia audiences last night

  • Andri Lukmana

    cool girl

  • mcabdul

    trailer please...

  • TasteYourParty

    Prediction: The get jumped by Mad Dog's TWIN brother! Who will need twice as many glass tubes in the throat this time around.

  • Mad_Dog_Yayan

    Absolutely excited for this. Greetings from Jakarta

  • RoboticPlague

    must...see....clip....

  • CJTKD007

    Glad to hear!! Can't wait!!!!!!

  • DJ_BobbyPeru

    Takes place 2 hours after the last film? That poor lead character must be tired as hell after all this.

  • mtertainment

    Haha, very much so! But it spans 5 years, so fortunately he might get a little nap in.

  • Maybe, but not while he's on screen! ;)

  • mtertainment

    20 minutes, tops.

  • Christopher Webster

    Bring it on! I'm definitely interested to see how Evans expands the story.

  • sitenoise

    LOL

  • arturo

    2014 can't come soon enough, The Raid is now one of my top 10 best action films i've ever seen..

  • Art Vandelay

    Let me guess...if this movie does well (and it will)...Julie Estelle in Fast and Furious 8. I can so picture it. LOL

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