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Director Gareth Evans spills some details on Berandal, the sequel to The Raid: Redemption

Jan. 3, 2013by: Paul Shirey

A little movie called THE RAID: REDEMPTION kicked the shit out of me last year, becoming one of the most surprisingly awesome action movies I'd seen in a long time. The film garnered high praise from critics and audiences alike and has since gone on to reach a cult-level status of badassery-and much deserved. Now, director Gareth Evans has spilled the beans on a few details relating to the sequel, entitled BERANDAL (Indonesian for "thug").

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So, what does that mean? Is our main hero, Rama (Iko Uwais) going to get any recovery time after the massive amount of kicks to the face and body slams he took in the first film? Likely. Keep in mind, Evans says that only the first scene takes place 2 hours after the first film's ending. Not that we need a "realistic" set-up per se, as I'm pretty confident ol' Rama reached superhero status about midway through the film.

Evans spoke earlier with Collider about his approach to the sequel eariler last year, saying, "I told you earlier about a film that we tried to get up off the ground and couldnt get done. While I was developing 'The Raid,' I was looking at ways to kind of link those two scripts together because we had done all this choreography on that first film, we were like ready to go we just needed the finance to pull the trigger on it. Because I didnt want to just abandon that project, I started to look at ways we could link the two together. So the one problem I had with that original script was that the lead role didnt have an interesting enough backstory."

Evans continued, saying, "As I was thinking about it, I thought Well if I make this a continuation of the story from 'The Raid,' itll work much better, and itll kind of add more ideas and add more different elements to it, so its actually gonna be the sequel to 'The Raid.' Were in a position now where we can finance that movie, which is great [laughs]. So yeah, its a big relief now. For three years thats been the itch I couldnt scratch, so Im kind of dying to kind of get stuck in and do that film next. Thatll be part two. Part three [will be] further down the line. A lot further down the line.

After the pure awesomeness that was THE RAID: REDEMPTION, I'm beyond excited to see what Evans cooks up for the sequel. Working with a bigger budget of $3 million (the original cost $1 million to make) and taking the action into a new setting(s), I have high hopes for another knock-down, drag-out, kick ass flick.

No word on a release date, but with Evans super-fast shooting style, I wouldn't be surprised if BERANDAL is screening by the end of the year. Stay tuned as this bad boy develops.

Extra Tidbit: If you haven't seen THE RAID: REDEMPTION and are sick and tired of people telling you to see it, then...GO SEE IT! I was the same way and thankful I gave in and took the plunge.
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6:31AM on 01/04/2013
I really wanted to to love this movie, but I really didn't.
I really wanted to to love this movie, but I really didn't.
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3:45AM on 01/04/2013
I wish that clip went on for another five seconds...
I wish that clip went on for another five seconds...
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7:34PM on 01/03/2013
EPIC and AWESOME... and if such passion is itching to get the second one done... damn!
EPIC and AWESOME... and if such passion is itching to get the second one done... damn!
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6:40PM on 01/03/2013

EPIC

this movie was INTENSE :) I can't wait for part 2
this movie was INTENSE :) I can't wait for part 2
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3:02PM on 01/03/2013

give him 30 million ffs. Every time you think to hire Eddie Murphy or Jim Carry just hand the money to Gareth Evans instead

Same goes for: everything on NBC, Tyler Perry, anything slightly Glee related, Girls, Catherine Zeta Zones, Patrick Dempsey, most of MTV, and anything based on a "hit broadway musical".
Take that money and hand it to him. Give him the best DOP you can find and let him make more movies or a TV show. Thanks.
Same goes for: everything on NBC, Tyler Perry, anything slightly Glee related, Girls, Catherine Zeta Zones, Patrick Dempsey, most of MTV, and anything based on a "hit broadway musical".
Take that money and hand it to him. Give him the best DOP you can find and let him make more movies or a TV show. Thanks.
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3:01PM on 01/03/2013
Honestly, the new film could be about a police squad choosing on who has to make a coffee run and I'm sure it would be just as awesome as the first.
Honestly, the new film could be about a police squad choosing on who has to make a coffee run and I'm sure it would be just as awesome as the first.
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2:22PM on 01/03/2013
Now I cannot wait!
Now I cannot wait!
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1:01PM on 01/03/2013

hell yeah!!!!

the first movie was outstanding. One of my favorite films of 2012.
the first movie was outstanding. One of my favorite films of 2012.
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12:52PM on 01/03/2013

Fuck A Good Day to Die Hard...

this is the real deal!
this is the real deal!
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12:29PM on 01/03/2013

First one was an amazing action movie, I wonder whats up for 2...

The Raid has to be in the top 10 list of 2012, what a perfect blend of action (focused, not just 1-2 second quick cuts) and drama. It was bloody and yet elegant at the same time. I really hope 2 isn't just a crappy, thrown together sequel and it develops more of the Rama backstory (how the hell is he that good, did he train with John Mclaine?!)...
The Raid has to be in the top 10 list of 2012, what a perfect blend of action (focused, not just 1-2 second quick cuts) and drama. It was bloody and yet elegant at the same time. I really hope 2 isn't just a crappy, thrown together sequel and it develops more of the Rama backstory (how the hell is he that good, did he train with John Mclaine?!)...
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