Directed by Gareth Evans

Action/Crime/Thriller, 150′

Fuelled by vengeance, ‘The Raid’ protagonist Rama (Iko Uwais) tears his way through yet another set of enemies in the hit sequel ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’. Rushing with adrenaline, viewers are sat on the edge of their seats in awe, as director Gareth Evans delivers the long awaited sequel that is sure to not let any fans down. Packed with 150 minutes of blood, gore, violence and more blood, this powerfully choreographed action film makes the prequel seem like a plate filled starter.

The film picks up just 2 hours after the first left off, throwing us right back into the action. Rama’s brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah), who was brutally beaten up during the events of the first Raid, is shown held captive in an open field. Whilst pleading for his life, a gun is fired at his head from point blank range.

The film then cuts to the silent opening credits, thus ending the exhilarating opening sequence. This execution immediately reminds us just how bloody terrific the prequel ‘The Raid: Redemption’ was.Iko Uwais in 'The Raid 2′

Unlike the first Raid film, the sequel couples the action with a complex storyline that heavily engages the viewer. Fans of the first Raid will be familiar with the higher ratio of intensive fight scenes that are on your way one after the other. The narrative develops as the action unfolds as opposed to the other way around.

Just like the first Raid, fight scenes in ‘The Raid 2’ are complex and choreographed to perfection. Without a doubt, the film delivers incredible scenes of brilliant cinema, leaving the viewer with vivid memories.

An intensive muddy fight scene in prison, a high-speed car chase with elaborate cinematography, finished off with a blood-covered kitchen fight with an assassin, Rama tackles his way through layers of opponents to uncover the secrets all whilst using different environments at his disposal to aid his fighting technique which makes all scenes intuitive and mind blowing.

As time ticks on and tension increases, the mystery behind each character is revealed. Assassins Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman) arm up with their signature weapons a final time, Uco (Arifin Putra) betrays his father, and Rama realises who he must abide with in order to get to Bejo (Alex Abbad). The storyline patiently guides us to the end of this thrilling fight with no mercy.

With a sequel like this, we are all more than excited to see what Evans does next in a possible third Raid. Let’s hope that there are plans for one.

Review by Stephen MaThe Raid 2 Poster

'The Raid 2: Berandal' (Indonesia/USA, 2014) Film Review
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