Like a good director should Gareth Evans left audiences wanting more with the masterpiece that is The Raid. And now it’s been three years and we have just ached and desired for his long awaited sequel, and finally it’s getting closer to the release for its sequel. Martial arts fans have no doubt watched the first film over and over again and wondered how the hell can Evans top that…And I think this new trailer has explained in just over a minute how he can top the original.
The Raid 2 will take place after the original events from the first film, but this time Officer Rama is being forced to go undercover and befriend the mob boss all the while trying to find a connection with him and the Jakarta Police Department. A simple plot which can only be described as intense. You can tell right away that this film is going to leave audiences fixated on the screen in front of them. Not just with the plot, but with the strong acting, the beautiful cinematography and most importantly the martial arts choreography. What was so perfect about the last film was the fight sequences were so beautiful, creative, out of this world but most of all brutal. It is no doubt that another page in martial arts history is going to be written with this film.
Martial Art films are not dead, they never were dead, there are still constant masterpieces being made every year. But it’s films like The Raid which bring their uniqueness to the forefront and make people remember that they do have a place in cinematic history. The Raid 2 will not be a film about hype, it will definitely deliver especially with Evan’s already impressive Martial Art’s resume which also includes Merantau. There is no doubt that The Raid 2 will bring out Martial Art fans out of the woodwork again, but there will also be new fans of the genre coming along for the ride, and having their minds blown at just how wonderful films like this can be. Gareth Evans proved in the first film that he can incorporate slick martial art choreography into a gritty and raw story and make them gel so perfectly that one element couldn’t exist without the other.