The Raid 2 (2014) Movie Review

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The Raid 2 (2014)

2014 | R | Thriller, Action, Crime
150 minutes / 2h 30min

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The Raid 2 Plot Synopsis:

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.

The Raid 2 (2014) Review

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 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.

  • The Raid 2 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 8.16
  • IMDB: 8.0
  • MetaCritic: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0

About The Raid 2 2014

Title: The Raid 2
Year: 2014
Runtime: 150 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.08/5 stars from 100,877 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 100,877
MPAA Rating: R
The Raid 2 Cast Starring: Kazuki Kitamura, Epy Kusnandar, Iko Uwais, Patty Sandya, Oka Antara, Cecep Arif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian, Patrick Phan, Aira Sondang, Fajar, Deddy Sutomo, Ardani, Raja Khalid, Alain O., Ken'ichi Endô, Marsha Timothy, Ferouz Ahmad Fero, Edi Tambudho, Kho Michael, Ryûhei Matsuda, Donny Alamsyah, Warsono, Dicky Syahputra, Udeh Nans, Mike Lucock, Simon Pitta, Thamrin Sutra, Peter Pastimoore, Henky Solaiman, Raffa Putra R.
The Raid 2 Writers: NA
The Raid 2 Director: Gareth Evans
Box Office: $2,372,192
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
Language: Indonesian, Japanese, English
Country: Indonesia, USA