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The Raid 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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.(c) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: R (for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Gareth Evans
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2014
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast

Yahan Ruhian
as Prakoso
Julie Estelle
as Alicia 'Hammer Girl'
Cok Simbara
as Bunawar
Kenichi Endo
as Hideaki Goto
Cecep Arif Rahman
as The Assassin
Very Tri Yulisman
as Baseball Bat Man
Zack Lee
as Benny
Deddy Sutomo
as Mediator
Haryadi Anwar
as Prison Warden
Pong Hardjatmo
as Commissioner
Patria Sandya Mustik...
as Karaoke Girl #2
Thomas Nawilis
as Accountant
Mulyadi Marlon
as Bunawar's Men
Ardani
as Police Precinct Cop ...
Ferouz Ahmad Fero
as Police Precinct Cop ...
Warsono
as Police Precinct Cop ...
Simon Pitta
as Police Precinct Cop ...
Thahir Alrafi M.
as Baby Angga
Kenny Mayang Sari
as Receptionist
Nabil Alata
as Bangun's Men
Makmur Effendi
as Bangun's Men
M. Bagus
as Bangun's Men
Suradi Tanadi
as Goto's Men
Ardi
as Joki
Herlina
as Junkie 1
M. Rizky
as Junkie 2
Cheppy Haryadi
as EKA Guard
Aira Sondang
as EKA Guard
Raja Khalid
as Security
Edi Tambudho
as Prakoso's Target
Dicky Syahputra
as Baseball Bat Man's T...
Thamrin Sutra
as Informant
Ferdian Ariyadi
as Sugar Cane Target
Saifan Nur
as Taxi Driver
Kusyantono
as Windscreen Guy
Zuli Silawanto
as Car Fighter
Asep Haerudin
as Parked Car Man
Fihrin Jerry
as Forensics
Fajar
as Washroom Attendant
Harry S.
as Stand in for Roy Mar...
Bobby
as Stand in for Tio Pak...
Hari Pratama Lubis
as Stand in for Alex Ab...
Cipto Damian Doyo
as Festival Performer
Reog Ponorogo Singo ...
as Festival Performer
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News & Interviews for The Raid 2

Critic Reviews for The Raid 2

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (31)

Being praised for being competent.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
eFilmCritic.com

They fight...and fight. And fight and fight and fight. Fightfightfight, fightfightfight.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
The Robot's Voice

The last half hour alone ranks it as one of the best martial arts films ever made.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Under the Radar

A fantastic follow up that opens up the original film's narrative while standing on its own as a unique and brilliant action entry.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014
Cinema Crazed

There are moments in The Raid 2 that count among the best action set pieces in modern cinema. I just desperately wish they were in service of a better movie.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

Arthouse martial-arts action that's incredibly dull even when it's being pornographic about its extreme bloody violence, and doesn't even bother with the nominally original one-location conceit of the first film.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for The Raid 2

½

Following on straight after the events of the first movie we are back alongside Rama as he is once again lured into another mission, or should that be used in another mission. The last three members to survive the tower block raid are seen here together again, albeit briefly, as Rama is now wanted for an undercover job. Expect betrayal, blood, broken bones and a whole load of very similar looking characters.

Right away this is the problem with this sequel, the plot, its meh. The whole reason why the first movie was so explosive was the excellent story. A special team of elite cops enter a tower block in the slums of Jakarta to bring down a crime lord. They start at the bottom and must work their way up floor by floor taking out scum, the whole premise was solid, tight, tense and claustrophobic, the perfect storm. This sequel sees Rama going undercover to expose a corrupt police official (Reza) who is tied in with criminal gangs, this means getting friendly with a crime bosses son (Uco) in jail and working for the enemy (Uco's father Bangun).

Things get complicated when another crime Boss Bejo, obviously wanting power and control, teams up with Bangun's son to try and start a war against a rival Japanese crime syndicate, this act being against Bangun's will. The only reason for this mainly being Uco wants to show his father how strong and dependable he his, to prove himself. The other reason being Bejo thinks the Japanese are trying to sway Reza against the Bangun syndicate. Jesus I had to think about that just writing it! and this is the problem, the plot is really convoluted in my opinion with characters coming out of the woodwork. I've not even mentioned the betrayal twists involving gangs killing their own and then faking reprisals to kick start this war, not to mention corrupt police gangs and undercover cop twists on top!

I genuinely had some trouble following what was going on from scene to scene, so many characters all kinda looking the same whilst scenes popped up outta nowhere with little reasoning (Prakoso the assassin I'm looking at you). Its only later on down the line I realised what that previous scene had been about and why, I had to rewatch scenes and read up on sections. It is good that the continuity is there from the start, they had the same two actors from the last movie briefly and it all smoothly crosses into this story which was cool. Alas at no point did I ever really feel the same adrenaline shot that I did for the first film, this could of been any action movie, its a generic plot that's been done before many times and I was actually bored periodically.

Of course the movie is all about the fights, this is the movies forte, its reason for being. Does that disappoint? errr...kinda, in all honesty it did in places yes, let me explain. There didn't actually seem to be as many fights in this film, probably because its not set in a confined space, what there was became so outrageous and so long I again found myself getting bored. Yes the first movie had awesome fights that were ridiculous and long but this movie does seem to go that little bit further. You still have tonnes of faceless henchmen getting their asses handed to them on a plate which is standard procedure and fun. But the boss fights almost become a parody and just go on and on and on, the main fight towards the end in the kitchen especially. I realise that's because both characters are highly trained fighters in their art but you get dizzy watching this shit, the director just doesn't know when to stop, less is more guy!

The blood and violence is sky high I might add it really is, non-stop bloodbath of epic proportions. Yet again I have to say its too much, less is more, there comes a point when the blood and gore is so extravagant that it loses all impetus, it becomes dull and non-engaging. I really found myself yearning for some good old fashioned fisticuffs that didn't involve various weapons that naturally result in gallons of claret everywhere, and I really disliked the assassins with their specific weapons. Seriously Evans are you trying to be the Asian Robert Rodriguez here? well don't, it ain't a good move. Don't any criminal gangs use guns in this world? would be easier.

We all know what this movie offers, you know what to expect and it certainly delivers on that. I can't complain about the violence because the movie is all about pure violence...and a traditional practice involving mental, physical and spiritual development but anyway. My main issue is the fact it just feels like a run of the mill action fest that offers nothing new (accept another look at a newish martial art). The first movie worked really well because of the cracking story, setting and close quarters action, this has none of that, its just a gangster flick with lots of stereotypical stuff in it. Hell even the car chase looked crap, you can clearly see the cars are going quite slow with high speed sound effects dubbed on top. Yes it looks good, yes the fights are impressive when not drenched in blood and yes its a solid achievement for an Indonesian production...but it lacks the quality of its predecessor and just left me numb and weary.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Except for a handful of fight sequences, the movie has nothing to offer.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The Raid 2 is one of the greatest action movies I have ever seen. Gareth Evans has stepped up his already impressive game and with this 2 hours 30 minute action epic, he has proven himself to be a true visionary behind the camera. Where The Raid: Redemption was a kinetic, fight-a-minute thrill ride, its sequel is built around a story. You won't feel its run time because you will be too engulfed in its gritty tale about family, loyalty, betrayal, and identity. Three crime families ultimately end up at war with each other with Rama being caught in the middle as an undercover cop exposing corruption.
Amidst the drama are incredibly choreographed, expertly staged, and graphically violent fight scenes. Weapons, hand-to-hand, gunfights, car chases, The Raid 2 has it all and it doesn't let up! There are at least two action scenes that I would rank among the best in recent memory. On a filmmaking standpoint, the film is beautifully framed, edited with skill and precision - it's so nice to see the actors doing their own stunts - and the sound mixing adds entire new dimensions to what an action film can do. The Raid 2 is a masterpiece!

MovieGeek13
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

The Raid 2 Quotes

Uco: You Apologize to them in their languages, in our land. Where is your honor!
– Submitted by Fairuz I (2 years ago)

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