If you’ve already made a list of your favorite trailers from 2013 – burn it. On the final day of the year, director Gareth Evans has dropped such a stunningly perfect trailer for his upcoming The Raid 2: Berandal, such a wonderful piece of marketing art, such a weirdly gorgeous slice of his sequel, that we can assure you that whatever else topped your list before watching it is moot. Burn it. Start over. Here’s your new number one.
Evans’ first film in this series, 2011’s The Raid, became a new cult classic almost instantaneously – the combination of intense fighting action, a twisted story, and a very cool setting (sorry, Dredd, but the run-down apartment building thing was done by Evans and done so much better) was hard to beat, and the news that Evans was already working on a follow-up was extremely welcome for fans of the first film.
This new trailer comes to us from Yahoo!, and it’s a fine example of just how good a trailer can be. In just a couple of minutes, it lays out the plot, reminds us of the action of the first, expands the universe, and slaps on a whole mess of awe-inspiring action. And that serious, instrumental score? It only serves to pump up the drama and highlight the strange beauty of battle. In short – this is a great trailer, so here’s hoping the final product can deliver this much power in its full form.
The new film picks up immediately after the first film and “tracks Officer Rama (Iko Uwais) as he is pressured to join an anticorruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife and child. His mission is to get close to a new mob boss, Bangun, by befriending his incarcerated son, Uco. Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department while pursuing a dangerous and personal vendetta that threatens to consume him and bring his mission–and the organized crime syndicate–down around him.”
The Raid 2 will be in theaters on March 28, 2014. The film will also make its premiere at Sundance next month.
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