The Raid 2 - Director Talks MPAA and Extended Cut
Gareth Evans managed to immediately torpedo himself into the hearts of the action and martial arts fan crowd with his Indonesian action thriller The Raid. After making a promising effort with Merantau which didn't get that much attention, The Raid created viral mayhem and got a lot of positive mainstream feedback despite of its baffling brutality. Not much of a surprise was the announcement that followed quickly thereafter, which promised two more films, creating a Raid franchise. The first of the sequels is called The Raid 2: Berandal and looks like it's going to continue and maybe even excel in the qualities that benefited the predecessor, at least judging from released trailers and pre-reviews.
In an interview with Collider, Evans shared info about many aspects of the film and was asked about the MPAA examination. That is yet to come and Evans hopes that the film gets the "R" rating without any censorship but not only the interviewer is a little skeptical in that regard because there could be some scenes that might prove problematic with the raters. Especially a scene is mentioned in which a shotgun is put to bloody use. Evans says that he hopes that the camera distance sort of softens the impact of that scene for the MPAA. So, formally, everything is still uncertain but the MPAA already had problems with the first film, which ended in 2 cuts made for the international version that then went on to be released in several other markets outside the US, as well (see comparison).
The assembly cut of the movie had a duration of close to 3 hours and asked whether Evans sees the possibility of an Unrated Extended Cut for home video, he says that he isn't sure as of now but that he would deal with that question later and has especially one scene in mind that he might want broaden a bit on the Blu-ray. However, much will depend on the upcoming MPAA rating process. If they only administer their "R" in exchange for cuts, an Unrated Cut for home video seems almost as a question of honor for Evans. We'll wait excitedly how it all turns out.