The Raid 2 2014

The Raid 2

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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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After surviving a bloody fight with powerful gangsters, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) thinks he can resume a normal life. However, his exploits during that fateful incident have attracted the attention of criminals even more deadly than the last. His family at risk, Rama has no choice but to go under cover. He gets himself thrown in prison, where he befriends the son of a prominent crime kingpin. Rama must lay his own life on the line to finally destroy the criminal empire.

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Critic Reviews for The Raid 2

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (142) | Rotten (34)

  • 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…
  • Men snap, crackle and pop before our eyes, their broken bones part of the gloriously kitsch, balletic fun.

    April 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • A brilliant, dazzling, and devastating 21/2-hour ballet of brutality that's more ordeal than entertainment ...

    April 11, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Raid 2

  • Apr 12, 2019
    A lot more involved than the original Raid film, with a more complex story taking place over more time and in more places. Sounds great, but I think the smaller, contained tale of the original actually served the premise better. But make no mistake, The Raid 2 is awesome. It provokes more discussion than the original, and the fight scenes (which let's be honest, is 100% the reason we're all here) are absolutely up to specs.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Raid 2 has the most insane choreography I've ever seen. In-flipping-sane. Ohhhhh myyyyyy lorddddd I couldn't keep me eyes off those fight scenes. Every kick, every punch and every head smash was filmed to absolute perfection. Martial arts have never looked this thrilling since...ever. Massive props to Gareth Evans, I tip my SnapBack off to you sir! So in this sequel we follow our sole survivor, Rama, who must go undercover in order to protect his family from his new hardcore reputation that is making him popular in the criminal underworld. I'll start with the negatives, the first half was an absolute drag. This did not need to be 150 minutes long, at all. Could've easily established the power hungry Uco, who has major daddy issues, in a solid 20 minutes as opposed to an hour. So the long runtime and slow paced first half are my only complaints. This, as an action film, is absolutely insane. The Indonesian Terminator from the predecessor has now been substituted by a hammer wielding deaf girl, a well aimed baseball bat wielding guy (who can kill by hitting baseballs with insane precision...) and the ultimate blade wielding badass since Blade himself. That kitchen fight sequence was savage. The choreography was perfection, I've never shouted "YEAH! STAB HIM!!" so much. Evidently, watching this is releasing my inner murderous personality. The action set pieces were creative, from decimating prisoners in mud to a frantic car chase in downtown Jakarta...majestic. Some technical excellence from Evans, who performed such a great tracking shot that consists of going through 3 different cars in a chase scene. The use of blood and gore is ridiculously insane, great makeup effects. Even the no nonsense dialogue was insanely savage. Did I mention this film was both savage and insane? Remove the first half, and it's perfection...but we can't so it shall get a decent rating instead. So much more juicier than the first!
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2016
    Where the first part restricted itself to the raid on a crime lord's building complex, the second hardly deserves the title anymore. While you can't blame the movie for fleshing out its story with some mob disputes, betrayal and undercover work, the story simply isn't worth the effort. It even takes some impact from the once again impressive fight choreography. Of course, the final car chase and showdown fight still make up for a lot. But in the end you wish you simply would have made to care about any of this a lot more, instead of just being impressed by the fight artists work.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    This film is at its best when throwing int the high octane, wild stunt work and at its worse when attempting to throw in the same tired story cliches to tie the awesome fight sequences together. Unlike the first Raid, there were some dull moments where they felt compelled to throw in some boring dialog to move the plot forward, but once again the fight choreography kicks things up a notch and this time they are complemented by some great villains. Fun.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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