The Raid 2 (2014) is an Indonesian martial arts action thriller movie that is a sequel to The Raid: Redemption (2011) that was filmed in Indonesia. Director and writer Gareth Evans (Merantau, V/H/S/2, Footsteps) did a phenomenal job with The Raid 2. It was more than I imagined it to be, and I love every bit of it. I like that Gareth continued this movie about two hours after the last movie left off - it makes it more surreal. It is different from The Raid: Redemption (2011) because it does not take place in one location instead it involves high-speed car chases, nightclubs, city streets, packed subway stations and prison yards with mud galore. Gareth did a great job keeping the story on point for the most of it with one or two goofs here and there. The Raid 2 contains sexual content with brief nudity, gore, strong violence, bad language, drug use, intense fighting scenes and a lot of raw bloodshed.
The Raid 2 is about protagonist Rama (Iko Uwais - Man of Tai Chi, Merantau, The Raid: Redemption) who is a member of SWAT that is on a mission to catch the corrupt police officers and gangs. Rama agrees to go undercover once again after learning how his brother was murdered and that his family might be in danger. He then assaulted a politician’s son and was sent to jail under the name “Yuda." He saved a mobster’s life during a prison riot and earned his trust. Soon after gang group, Bangun hired him, and he earned their family trust which made Bunawar (Cok Simbara - Kentut, Plong, Gema Kampus 66) jealous of him. The movie has non-stop action from this point. The movie is definitely worth watching for all types of fan, even if you’re not an action film fan.
Two of the gory and graphic scenes for me was when Uco slit five men throats and the scene with Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man fighting. Actually almost all the scenes were gory, violent and graphic. This is one of the best action martial arts movies by far, and I will see it again and recommend it to everyone who loves a good action flick. The acting was superb, and everyone did a great job acting the part of when their bones break and when they were fighting. The choreographer did an amazing job with the actors and director. Marvel needs to get Gareth Evans on their team.
About The Raid 2 (2014)
Starring: Kazuki Kitamura, Epy Kusnandar, Yayan Ruhian, Patrick Phan, Ken'ichi Endô, Iko Uwais, Oka Antara, Cecep Arif Rahman, Ardi, Yolla Primadona Jampil, Mulyadi Marlon, Herlina, Zuli Silawanto, Cok Simbara, Hari Pratama Lubis, Muhammad Rizky, Asep Haerudin, Roy Marten, Cheppy Haryadi, Fihrin Jerry, Zack Lee, Suwardi, Aira Sondang, Fajar, Deddy Sutomo, Ardani, Raja Khalid, Alain O., Marsha Timothy, Ferouz Ahmad Fero
Director: Gareth Evans
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