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The Raid 2 (2014)

Serbuan maut 2: Berandal (original title)
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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.

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Gareth Evans

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Gareth Evans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iko Uwais ... Rama
Arifin Putra ... Uco
Tio Pakusadewo ... Bangun (as Tio Pakusodewo)
Oka Antara ... Eka
Alex Abbad ... Bejo
Cecep Arif Rahman Cecep Arif Rahman ... The Assassin (as Cecep Arief Rahman)
Julie Estelle ... Alicia 'Hammer Girl'
Very Tri Yulisman ... Baseball Bat Man
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Keichi (as Ryuhei Matsuda)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Hideaki Goto (as Kenichi Endo)
Kazuki Kitamura ... Ryuichi
Yayan Ruhian ... Prakoso
Cok Simbara Cok Simbara ... Bunawar
Roy Marten Roy Marten ... Reza
Epy Kusnandar ... Topan
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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 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 ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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It's Not Over Yet

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Like in the first movie, the Martial Art used in this movie is Pencak Silat, which is the native fighting style of Indonesia. See more »

Goofs

When Rama is fighting his captors in the car, the scene cuts away briefly after he starts to gain the upper hand. When it cuts back, the two passengers in the front and back-right seats are clearly not attacking him and appear to be perfectly calm, as if Rama is not trying to escape. See more »

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[last lines]
Rama: No... I'm done.
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Alternate Versions

US release was cut "by frames" (as stated by director Gareth Evans) to avoid an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. The cuts only total around 5 seconds. They include a medium shot of Lieutenant Wahyu being shot, a brief additional shot of Uco cutting the throat of one of the bound men, Prakoso stabbing one of his attackers at the nightclub three times in the neck with a broken bottle, shot extensions when Hammer Girl attacks the bodyguards on the subway, and a longer shot of Rama killing the assassin in the kitchen. See more »

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References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

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Performed by Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal
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The most highly anticipated film of my life, and it actually met those expectations
28 March 2014 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) (Indonesian Action).

Viewed on March 28th at the Regal E-Walk cinema in the heart of New York City.

After surviving the apartment building raid, Iko Uwais goes undercover to take down an Indonesian crime syndicate that is feuding with an invasive Japanese yakuza clan in Jakarta. Things get out of control and everything goes to hell. That's the plot in a nutshell.

The fighting is the main draw of this film. Martial arts films are frequently under-appreciated because critics tend to downplay the artistry of orchestrating a fight sequence. In some ways it's like staging a complex dance with extremely difficult performances by physical talents who have spent their entire lives perfecting their craft. In many cases it can be even more challenging than executing a good dramatic moment. With that said, "The Raid 2" is an exquisite ballet of death with an incredible variety of expertly crafted action sequences that have a grounded, realistic feel to them. It's hard to describe, but despite the insane action there's very little outrageousness present. The choreography here is some of the best ever put on film.

There is no question that Uwais is currently the premiere martial arts star, and there is certainly no question that Gareth Evans is the greatest action director on the planet. This man is a genius in terms of visually expressing action through vivid, mind-blowing camera-work. This guy never directed a car chase sequence in his life, and yet his very first attempt is impressive. I did notice a bit more shaky cam in this film when compared to its predecessor, but one can see everything so it's not a problem. Evans is also a pro to create a crescendo of action where every fight seems to outdo the one before it. This generates an absolutely thrilling final hour that will go down in history.

The gory violence of "The Raid 2" is a big "screw you" to PG-13 action movies. Some critics are already whining about the graphic bloodletting, but these are the same guys who hand out 90% approval ratings to movies with incompetent action and no edge – *cough* "The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire" (2013) *cough*. The gore in "The Raid 2" isn't just randomly thrown in either. It's a logical consequence of the situation and characters, and it is applied in very creative ways. I have heard that Evans was only coerced to cut a few "frames" due to the MPAA review, but I have no idea which frames those were because the now infamous shotgun kill is present in its full, unadulterated glory.

The $4.5 million budget is an even bigger "screw you" to mega budget Hollywood blockbusters. "The Raid 2" has more thrilling action than every $100+ million superhero movie I've ever seen . . . at less than 4.5% of the cost. It's almost unbelievable what these guys can do with a limited budget.

Given the exceptional quality of the action, the 148-minute runtime puts some pressure on the story to maintain its momentum between the violence. The first "Raid" received much criticism that asserted a generic story and undeveloped characters, but I felt that it nevertheless established a "feel" for the characters without the need for long-winded exposition. That "feel" can add quite a bit to an action film. "The Raid 2" spends more time setting up its premise, which results in some genuine plot and character development. It attempts to do this by taking a generic gangster template and infusing it with a sprawling crime saga that implements many characters. This is essentially a "chess board" setup where numerous pieces are first put into place, allowing for many possible confrontations. The viewer is therefore able to relish the moment when a particular piece attacks and takes down another, revealing the actual outcome amidst the countless possibilities.

I really liked some of the supporting characters in this, and actually felt a bit sad when they died (even some of the villains!). I am a bit disappointed that both "Hammer Girl" and Baseball Bat Man" are only given a few scenes, but they are certainly memorable. I really liked that brief moment where Hammer Girl picked up her hammers on the bar shelf. It was slightly child-like and innocent, like she was going out to play with friends. This brief, split-second moment can communicate a lot about her character.

I suppose it helps to already be a fan of the actors and actresses here, since there are a number of familiar faces from both Indonesian and Japanese film industries. Needless to say, the performances are top notch. The Japanese actors have their little moments, but they could have been given more to do in this. Maybe "The Raid 3" will give them more time in the spotlight.

Overall, "The Raid 2" is a very satisfying action film that justifies its hype after just one viewing. It's simply spectacular.


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Indonesia | USA

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,292, 30 March 2014

Gross USA:

$2,627,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,566,916
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