Full Trailer For The Raid 2: Berandal – Tough, Tense And Mud-Splattered Action

Gareth Evans' The Raid managed to balance suspense and action superbly, working its locked-down pressure cooker location with some expertise. For the sequel, Berandal, things have been opened up a great deal and it could be harder for Edwards to make something as tight and trim.

This trailer is full of good omens, however.

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Okay, so not every blow actually seems to connect (1:56 never looks like a hit no matter how many times I watch it) and seeing somebody leaping through a window to Handel's Sarabande is bordering on a cliche now, but there's an amazing range of set-ups here. I'm particularly intrigued by the laying out of the knives on the table. That seems to promise something quite vicious, and there's a curious echo of the guns-in-plant-pots scene in A Better Tomorrow.

The Raid 2 will premiere at Sundance and open across the US in March. I can't wait to see it. If you haven't seen the first one yet, I recommend you try to catch up.