Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts action movie “The Raid” quickly became a festival favorite and a critical smash.
Despite only garnering a mere $4 million worldwide, the film is widely considered a cult classic in its own right. The story boasts next to no plotting beyond its high concept of a police raid of a Jakarta apartment block where a crime lord has been allowing the worst of the cities criminals to hide out.
A sequel was quickly greenlit and was shooting earlier this year, with the action picked up right after the point at which the first film comes to an end. Evans has previously said the aim with the sequel is to go much wider, taking the action out into the streets as Rama (Iko Uwais) goes undercover in a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate.
Now, the first trailer for “The Raid 2: Berandal” has arrived. Like the first, don’t expect much time spent dwelling on story or character – the sequel boasts at least 17 different action sequences and well over an hour of action: