The Raid 2 (2014)

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Director:

Gareth Evans

Starring:

Iko Uwais

Yayan Ruhian

Arifin Putra

Plot:

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Review:

First off have you seen The Raid? I mean the original? If you’ve answered no to that question than I’m going to need you to stop reading and immediately go buy it, not rent, buy it. Watch it then come back and thank me for introducing you to quite possibly the best action movie ever.

If you’ve already watched The Raid, then unless you happen to be watching it while you’re reading my blog, you probably want to watch it again now that you’ve been reminded of it.

Okay since we’ve all watched The Raid I will move on to my review of the sequel.

At 150 minutes it’s considerably longer than the first movie, even with that length there isn’t much down time. I wouldn’t say the story is very complicated, it’s an action movie you should never go to an action movie and expect a complicated story. That’s not to say that there aren’t any action movies with complicated story lines, I just mean that the majority are pretty basic.

What makes this series awesome is the action and how it is shot. Gareth Evans knows how to showcase skilled fighters and display their talents on the screen. There’s shaky cam but not to the point where the action is obscured. That’s because all of his actors can kick ass, it’s not stunt people doing the fight scenes, so there are nowhere near as many quick cuts. In fact I believe there were a number of long cuts, which considering all that was going on I’m sure it was very difficult to accomplish.

My only complaint, and it’s not much of a complaint, is that it might have been just a little bit too long. I don’t know which fight scene I would cut out though.

4.5/5

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