The audience at last night's Frightfest screening of V/H/S 2
got a special surprise. Gareth Huw Evans (as co-director of one of the segments) came in for the screening, and he brought with him a world exclusive clip from The Raid 2: Berandal
While The Raid 2
begins two hours after the story of the first film ends, the narrative spans about four years, according to Evans, so is much broader in scope. With that in mind, the clip introduces us to a new character. Her name is Hammer Girl. Evans described her fighting style as 'hari mau'. Apparently it means 'tiger style', and it looks outstanding (It's the same style Iko Uwais uses in Merantau
The clip we saw is from an action scene on a moving subway car: Hammer Girl against a bunch of guys in suits. The clip was only a few minutes long, but it was enough to see that not only have Evans and his crew maintained the freshness and brilliance of the first film, finding new and inventive ways to present action and martial arts, but they've gone above and beyond by exploring new spaces and (obviously) new characters.
I won't pretend to be the action film aficionado that many of my ScreenAnarchy colleagues are. All I know is, not 10 minutes before the screening began, I was lamenting to some friends about the dearth of great female action heroes in recent years. It was as if Evans had been reading my mind. Set any worries you might have had aside; The Raid 2 is going to be awesome. And I have my Halloween costume for 2014.
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