The Raid 2: Berandal (meaning hooligan), as a title, suggests brawny, functional violence yet as evidenced in this ten minute featurette, the film is far more nuanced and sophisticated. The featurette contains a sizeable chunk of footage, giving the viewer an insight into the mechanics of the film’s action and plot.
Following an animated preamble that features the film’s main cast members, we hear from Evans as he describes the latest exploits of Jakarta cop, Rama (Iko Uwais). Immediately following the events of the original, The Raid 2 tracks Rama as he is forced to join an anticorruption task force to ensure the protection of his wife and child. With his family at risk, Rama must go undercover and hunt for information linking Bangun (Pakusadewo) with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department whilst also pursuing a personal feud that could potentially compromise the entire mission.
The featurette is packed; Evans along with members of the cast including martial arts choreographer/star Yayan Ruhian are on hand to talk through some of the film’s most exciting moments, including a huge car chase through Jakarta. Joining Uwais are Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Mathias Muchus, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. Let’s hope it meets expectations!