The Raid 2: Berandal, is said to knock The Raid completely out of the water, and is a bigger, bolder, more violent and epic upscale of the brilliance of the first film. It is wishful thinking when the mere mention of a third film is heard, but when mentioned by director Gareth Evans himself, he could say its ten years away and I would still be happy knowing another film is on the way!
While at a screening of the film at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Sunset Boulevard, Evans told Variety that the producers are anxious to begin work on another sequel, but Evans, for now, has other plans:
“They’re going to have to wait a while. I don’t want to do it for three years, maybe. I do have a concept in mind,” he said. “If this one is two hours after ‘The Raid’ finished, ‘Raid 3? starts three hours before ‘The Raid 2? finishes. So you go back in time a little and then branch off for a different story.”
Evans is already working on pre-production for helmer Timo Tjahjanto’s neo-noir action thriller “The Night Comes for Us” in Indonesia and said he then wants to transition to the U.K. or U.S. to make one of the two films he currently has in development.
While at the screening, Evans and star Iko Uwais talked about the fight scenes and the violence:
“If it’s a three-minute fight scene, we want to put four or five punch lines in there. Punch lines are like those moments in the prison riot when the guy has his head kicked into the tile,” Evans said. “If you just stack (these moments) all up next to each other, it would (become) overkill.”
After designing the scenes, Evans said he and his team would create a video storyboard using crash mats and a video handy cam to figure out camera angles and editing details — a technique he developed while making the first “Raid” film.
“I’ve done all of my work in pre-production, so when it comes to the shoot we have this video as a guide track… and we’re just shooting the real version on set,” Evans said. “All the editing decisions have already been made, so by the end of that day I should have the perfect vision of that fight.”
Evans also explained that even though the fight scenes were carefully planned, Uwais did get knocked out at one point: “He blacked out for a second,” Evans explained as Uwais chuckled, recalling the incident. “We went for about four frames, and he was okay after that.”
While speaking of the practice of martial arts, Uwais explained that his parents were martial arts instructors, so the practice is part of his heritage. He also explained that one of the key differences between fighting on and off camera is that he can’t show weakness while battling in a ring, but on camera he must convey his physical reaction to the punches, kicks and blows.
Staying in character and maintaining emotions between takes posed a challenge, but Uwais said he has a ritual in which he has his castmates hit him in the back to help him get his emotion back up again.
The Raid 2 arrives in UK cinemas April 11th.
Written and directed by Gareth Evans, THE RAID 2 picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
THE RAID 2 was produced by Ario Sagantoro for Merantau Films, and Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films. The film was executive produced by Rangga Maya Barack-Evans for Merantau Films, Irwan D. Mussry, Nick Spicer and Todd Brown on behalf of XYZ. Matt Flannery (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) and Dimas Imam Subhono served as cinematographers with Joseph Trapanese (THE BOURNE LEGACY), Aria Prayogi (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) and Fajar Yuskemal (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) scoring the picture.
The Raid 2: Berandal reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includesYayan Ruhian, Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
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.