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The Raid 2 (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 28

Although its high-energy plot and over-the-top violence may play better with genre aficionados, The Raid 2 definitely delivers more of everything audiences loved about its predecessor.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 5

Although its high-energy plot and over-the-top violence may play better with genre aficionados, The Raid 2 definitely delivers more of everything audiences loved about its predecessor.

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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

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All Critics (142) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (28)

If The Raid 2: Berandal doesn't end up as the most violent movie to hit screens in 2014, it won't be for lack of trying.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Two and-a-half hours may seem like a lot for an Indonesian crime saga, but "The Raid 2" has a sweeping scope that justifies its running time. And it will knock you out.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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A brilliant, dazzling, and devastating 21/2-hour ballet of brutality that's more ordeal than entertainment ...

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For those of us who believe the prime directive of action pictures is that such movies ought to, by gawd, move , Gareth Evans is our new patron saint.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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At once messy and adrenalizing ...

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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By opening the action up to the entire city for the sequel, there's less claustrophobia but also less excitement.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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'The Raid 2' is the 'Super Mario Bros. 3' of action movies. Longer, better, more varied and just a total blast.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

A very slight improvement on its disappointing predecessor...

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The subtitled "The Raid 2" is in Indonesian, Japanese, Arabic and, briefly, English. But its action and drama translate to any language. It fights its way to the top of this year's action movies.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

When over-the-top is not enough

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

When it comes to the down-and-dirty action that results from all that plotting, this undercover cop rules. And so does the movie.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

By the time you emerge from The Raid 2's mind-boggling, show-stopping and utterly exhausting succession of brawls, gun battles, car chases and martial arts showdowns, you'll feel as bruised and battered as Iko Uwais' inexpressive character Rama.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The carnage is eye-gougingly savage - not for nothing does one of the hero's most lethal adversaries go by the name Hammer Girl - but Evans choreographs the action so tightly and films it so fluidly that the mayhem is mesmerising.

April 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Sadistic uber-violent mayhem - and the fact that it's subtitled doesn't much matter since the bloody, brutal brawling transcends the language barrier.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

After the linear kick of 2011's surprise Indonesian hit The Raid, Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans is back with an epic-style sequel that sags under the weight of its ambitions.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Evans delivers the violence with such astonishing gusto that he barely lets us catch our breath.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Evans has put the architecture in place to make a more substantial movie [than the original Raid] but in the end delivers one that's more engaging, which isn't, alas, quite the same thing.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

" 2 is complicated, with a lot of names and relationships needing to be memorized quickly ..."

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemonkey
Cinemonkey

If Evans goes back to a 90-minute thrill ride for the three-quel, it may be worth forgiving his excesses this time around.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: AspectRatio.us
AspectRatio.us

The hoary storyline of a cop posing as a criminal in order to infiltrate a powerful mob family has been used on countless occasions, but that's because it's both irresistible and intense. The Raid 2 does it justice.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

British director Gareth Evans has done a super-charged job presiding over this white-hot Asian action knockout, the dizzying, enthralling, visceral sequel to the hit 2012 film.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

The greatest achievement is that it doesn't try to be the first film. Instead, it simply tells another story, a different story, which makes the whole thing work.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

If there is such a thing as too exciting, The Raid 2 is it.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen

It is adolescent male wish- fulfillment fantasy of the most retrograde kind but, as action cinema, the Jakarta-set thriller The Raid 2 is riveting fare.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Inspired mayhem. Iko Uwais is a phenomenon. We love you Hammer Girl.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The action is just as bloody and bruising as the first movie's fights, and Uwais (one of the film's fight choreographers) shows the stuff to become a major international action star.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Raid 2

Blistering action epic extravaganza, The Raid 2 picks up after the events of part 2 and offers even more thrilling action than the original. Director Gareth Evans has a unique style when it comes to crafting an unparalleled action film. He truly comprehends the genre, and what it is displayed clearly on-screen. The Raid 2 may have a simple plot, but that's fine, for this type of film, the action is all that matters, and with this follow up, get an excellent blend of action with a few moments of layed back drama, just for you to catch your breath. Brilliant in every sense of the word, The Raid 2 raises the bar even further in the action genre, and will surely be a film that stands out among the recent films in the genre. I love films like this because it has some real action, real fights and it's nastier and grittier than your big time Hollywood production. You can clearly see that the film has a more "real" feel to it than any other film that has been released because it uses a simple idea, and uses straightforward, well choreographed fight scenes to thrill you. The Raid 2 improves upon many aspects that were apparent in the first one, bigger action, more fights, more blood, more gore, basically more everything, and it does it very well. This is a superior film, and also it has a bit more depth to the film than just a typical "popcorn" flick, there's some good acting here mixed with the exciting fights, and it's nice to see because in more mainstream action films, you have poor acting with lack of any truly memorable action. Gareth Evans on the other hands goes the opposite way, using simplistic ideas, with a well layered script and top notch action; he is able to craft a genre picture that is one of a kind. If you want a truly awesome action film, give The Raid 2 a watch, you will be glad you did. Not since The Dark Knight has a sequel been so good, and with that being said, be prepared to be wowed at the chaos that will be unleashed before your eyes watching this incredible picture. Hollywood take note, THIS is how you make an action film. What makes this even more awesome is that every fight scene is real, and it makes for a memorable and incredibly intense two and half hour roller coaster ride.
April 22, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The Raid 2 Berandal makes a strong attempt at adding more enrichment into its story/plot, but it comes out to more of a minor flaw in its presentation. Overall the sequel to "Redemption" is a high-adrenaline installment that is sure to thrill any action-goer. From the grisly action-sequences to its fast-paced direction, it is deemed to be one of the best action movies in a while. 4.5/5
April 11, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I love Die Hard and Bullitt as much as any movie fan would, but The Raid 2 is quite possibly the greatest action movie I have ever seen. At the very least, the last half hour alone is worth the ticket price.
April 11, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

Just in case breaking action movies once wasn't enough, here's a sequel. Full review later.
March 29, 2014
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Thomas Bowler

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