Those at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival should consider themselves very lucky, as they’ll be the first ones to check out Gareth Evan’s highly-anticipated sequel The Raid 2 (which doesn’t hit theatres until March 28, 2014). For the rest of us who weren’t able to make it, we’ll have to settle for this new trailer, which hit the internet today and gives us a quick look at the exhilarating action and bigger scope that the film promises to deliver.
Though it’s quite brief, the trailer’s first half focuses on the the premise. We learn that Rama, our protagonist from the first film, must go undercover and infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to protect his family. Once that’s all out of the way, we get a very tantalizing tease at all of the thrilling combat that Evans has in store for us.
I didn’t think it was possible but it looks as if they really might have outdone themselves with the sequel. All of the action that we see here is positively thrilling and as the trailer builds up to the finale, we feel as if we’ve just had the wind knocked out of us for a moment. If nothing else, this footage is certainly effective in getting your adrenaline pumping.
Check out the trailer and plot summary below and be sure to stay tuned as we’ll have a review on The Raid 2 for you very shortly.
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.
And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.