The Raid 2 is a masterwork of martial arts action. It’s a far more sprawling exploration of crime and betrayal than the first film, which was excellent in its own right while being cooped up in one contained location. The sequel, though, bl0ws the story out to an immense scale, almost as if director Gareth Evans heard the complaints about the small time feel of the first one and said, “You want big? I’ll give you big.” The sequel is so big, in fact, that it’s 150 minutes long – but as with any large scale production, there are scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut.
Those of you who are averse to violence will definitely want to avoid this clip. The final film is incredibly brutal with its action beats, and this is one of the most brutal things associated with the movie. It trades the martial arts hand-to-hand style that dominates a lot of the film for a close quarters gun battle, and while the violence teeters on the edge of being laughably over the top, it will likely be tough to watch for even people who consider themselves big action movie fans. Evans posted this deleted scene from The Raid 2 on the Vimeo page for his production company, along with an explanation of why it had to stay on the cutting room floor. Check out the clip, then read his explanation below.
This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.
At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.
Whenever I edit a film – every scene feels like a precious moment. “No fucking way can I cut this” is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it’s final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it’s when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.
But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time – here’s a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn’t make it.
– Gareth Evans
And as if that wasn’t enough, a clip that actually did make the cut into the final movie has found its way online. A little while back, I wrote about my favorite car chase scenes on film and I included this one on my list. While this is just a small clip of the larger sequence, you can get a hint of why I hold it in such high regard: it combines driving stunts and crashes with hand-to-hand combat inside the vehicles themselves, and the full sequence is jaw-dropping in the way Evans and his team were able to execute it. Get a taste of that below (courtesy of Yahoo), and action fans will want to check out The Raid 2 as it rolls out into more theaters this Friday.
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