‘The Raid 3’ Will Begin Two Hours Before ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ Ends

By January 7, 2014

Gareth Evans

The Raid: Redemption is one of my favorite action films of all time. I saw it at Sundance in 2012 and it knocked me on my ass with its balls-to-the-wall pacing, stunning fight choreography, and jaw-dropping action sequences, and I’m bummed that I won’t be able to attend the film festival this year to get an early look at the sequel (but don’t worry – we’ll have someone there to review it for us before it hits theaters in March).

Director Gareth Evans is a smart guy, and he’s been planning a trilogy since the first film broke out in a big way. When the most recent trailer debuted online, he jumped on Twitter (via The Playlist) to talk about the film and give some insight into what we can expect from the timeline he’s working on in this story:

‘The Raid 2’ takes place two hours after the first, ‘The Raid 3’ would start two hours before ‘The Raid 2’ ends.

I love it when franchises mess with time like that; even the Saw movies, which I largely didn’t care much about, got my attention with the way they played with time and revealed that the fourth film took place at the same time as the third. Will The Raid 3 tell the story from a different character’s perspective instead of Rama, the lead protagonist of the first two movies? It seems likely, and though it’s a bit ridiculous to get excited about a sequel to a movie that hasn’t even come out yet, I like the concept of adding this level of world-building into this series, even late in the trilogy.

Evans also offered up some more info about The Raid 2, including the fact that most of the footage we see from the trailer involves set-up for Act 1 and 4/5 action sequences aren’t shown at all, so there will be plenty of fresh material when this bad boy opens later in March. If you need a reminder of how amazing this series of films is, check out the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal below:

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