Sony Pictures Classics has released new trailer for The Raid 2 ahead of tonight’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The sequel picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. The sheer scale on display in this trailer makes the first film seem like a micro-budget mumblecore drama, as director Gareth Evans looks to have ramped things up considerably for the follow-up. There’s a subway fight, a car fight, a warehouse fight, and a car chase all in this one trailer, and the film’s 148-minute runtime ensures that there is still plenty more to come. The action, unsurprisingly, is insane, and I’m sure the Sundance crowd will be going nuts later this evening.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and check back late tonight or tomorrow for Matt’s review from Sundance. The film also stars Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman. The Raid 2 opens in wide release on March 28th.
Via Yahoo! Movies.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Raid 2:
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.
And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.