Sunday, 23 February 2014

New one sheet for Raid 2: Berandal arrives online

If you're already burning with anticipation for the violent martial arts madness offered by director Gareth Evans and The Raid 2: Berandal, here's something to keep those fires stoked with Evans hitting Twitter to debut the films latest one sheet.

Designed by Omar Hauksson, the image of star Iko Uwais is built using a mosaic of images taken from the movie itself, most of them of course showing people hitting other people. It's a technique that has been used in movie imagery in particular for a while now, but it certainly beats the usual floating head shots.

The Raid 2: Berandal picks up the story two hours after The Raid (2011) (Evans says "The [potential] Raid 3 would take place two hours before The Raid 2 ends"...), and sweeps Rama (Iko Uwais) into a much broader world of corruption and violence as he infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate. Judging by the trailer, the film looks to be even more gloriously violent than its predecessor, if that's at all possible. Everything is turned into a weapon here as Evans expands the fights to even more ambitious levels.

With Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Yayan Ruhian, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki also in the cast, The Raid 2: Berandal premiered at this years Sundance Film Festival to a rapturous reception and is slated to arrive in the US on 28 March and heads over here on 11 April.

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