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The Raid 2 somehow looks even more violent than The Raid: Redemption

The sequel to the hit 2011 action film shakes things up with a twisty story about an undercover cop

It's been just a few years since Indonesian action flick The Raid: Redemption arrived in the United States, but the film has already become legendary for its brutal, tightly choreographed action sequences. Fans have been clamoring for more ever since, and with The Raid 2 on the verge of its long-awaited premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the most extended glimpse of the film yet has finally arrived.

The Raid 2 has somehow managed to up the ante from The Raid: Redemption. The sequel follows The Raid protagonist Rama (Iko Uwais), whose family has been targeted by criminals after the events of the original film. In order to take down the villains attempting to avenge their losses, Rama goes deep undercover to remake himself as "Yuda," a low-level recruit for the criminal underworld who's dedicated to reaching the very top.

That's the basic plot of The Raid 2, but the trailer spends most of its time on the real reason fans are eager to see it: Nerve-jangling, bone-shattering action scenes. Though this trailer is less than two minutes long, fans won't be disappointed; the brief glimpses we get of The Raid 2's fight scenes include a brutal attack on a car, a massive prison-yard brawl, and a high-speed car chase.

Can director Gareth Evans really deliver a sequel that tops The Raid: Redemption's already legendary action sequences? We'll find out when The Raid 2 hits theaters in limited release in March.

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