Last night I was fortunate to go along to a very special Frightfest screening of Gareth Evans' The Raid 2 or The Raid 2: Berandal and boy was it special! We got to see the uncut version and it confirms Gareth's continued growth as a leading action director.
As with The Raid it is all out action as we follow Rama after the events of The Raid as he gets himself even deeper into the murky & bloody world of Indonesian crime - but this time Gareth has fleshed out a complex plot, beautifully designed the look and feel of The Raid world and added a ton of interesting characters. I am not going to delve into it too deeply as I may post some thoughts if I get time.
But I will say that Gareth introduced the screening and mother flippin brought along both Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian who answered question afterwards as well as put on one of their legendary short demonstrations of their fighting skill - pencak silat style. Which was pretty damn awesome, as during the QA I cheekily asked if they would mind showing us some moves. Turned out they had a demo planned anyway. It took about 13 seconds for me to revert to dorky fanboy being in the company of such genuinely talented individuals and they really deserve every success with The Raid 2.
Breaking out of the tower block and into Jakarta's criminal underworld, and featuring some of the most breath-taking and bone-crunching fight scenes ever committed to film, THE RAID 2, released in the UK & Ireland on 11 April, is set to be the must-see action film of 2014.
To celebrate the great evening (and the release of The Raid 2 on April 11) we are super stoked to be able to offer 5 lucky readers some great Raid 2 merchandise, all of which would look great in any fans home. For details on how to get one of these great Raid 2 goody packs see further below.
|The Raid 2 Poster ZOOM|
|The Raid 2 (The Raid 2: Berandal) |
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra
His brutal and bloody victory has attracted the attention of the top level underworld kingpins. With his family now in danger, Rama has only one choice to protect them: he must go undercover, infiltrate the criminal organisation that runs the city and work his way to the top until he reaches the corrupt politicians, police and gang bosses who secretly pull the strings.
So Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, taking on the new identity of a vicious thug and entering prison in order to win the trust of the incarcerated son of a prominent crime lord to join the gang himself and take them down once and for all.
THE RAID 2 is directed by Gareth Evans who follows up his original smash hit The Raid, expanding the mythology of Rama's world, increasing the level and complexity of fight choreography and introducing us to a glorious new gallery of villains, from crime lords Bangun and Goto, and mysterious assassin Prakoso, to the iconic Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man.
The special Raid 2 goody bags on offer includes a Hammer bottle opener, character trading cards, manga oyster card holder, quality t-shirt & iPhone 5s back case.
|Win an exclusive Raid 2 goody pack ZOOM|
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