Full disclosure: I saw The Raid 2: Berandal just over a week ago and found it to be one of the most thrilling and chaotic action epics of all-time. It’s a testament to the fact there is still room for creativity in an age where filmmaking is plagued by redundancy, and it’s sure to be one of your favorite films of the year (if you like bloody, batshit insane gang epics involving undercover cops, car chases, prison riots, and characters with foreboding names like ‘Hammer Girl’).
This morning, a deleted scene from The Raid 2 was released online as part of the promotional run for the film’s upcoming stateside release. The clip features two rival gangs meeting in a public place and the over-the-top, bloody as can be gunfight that follows. You can view the clip at the end of this post.
Writing to fans and press about the scene and the reason for it being cut, filmmaker Gareth Evans explained:
This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.
At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.
Whenever I edit a film – every scene feels like a precious moment. “No fucking way can I cut this” is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it’s final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it’s when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.
But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time – here’s a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn’t make it.
This clip is NSFW. We should not have to tell you that, but just in case you were wondering it’s one of the bloodiest sequences in recent memory. That said, it’s also one of the most exciting.
Do whatever you can to see The Raid 2 in theaters. Our full review will be up soon.