He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie cop Rama thought he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of the criminal underworld, and with his family at risk, Rama has only one choice - to go undercover and begin a new terrifying odyssey of violence.
Amazing action film - watch the raid 1st though
- The Raid 2 review by PJ
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Who would have thought a welsh director would be directing his 2nd major Indonesian film. Firstly if you've not see the first raid film then go away and watch that first. Ok this and the previous film take action and martial arts to another level. The fight sequences are integral to the plot and also develop and push it forward. The 1st film was quite contained in a tower block. This follows on pursuing the thread of bent cops and 3 major gangs. Following Ramas as he goes undercover first in prison to assist him getting into one of the gangs by protecting the gang leaders son in prison he earns favour.
This film has a more involved plot and perhaps does lose something in being more open. The fight sequences are amazing though. I though you'd struggle to improve on the fights from the 1st film but this takes it to a new level. Very clever camera work with a lot of shots done in camera. The car/fight sequence is truly impressive.
Even if your not a fan of martial arts I would give the first raid film a go and if you like that then this is more and then some. I would say its only real major problem is its a bit too long. A word of warning though it is extremely violent and leaves very little to the imagination.
I know I watched the first Raid film and if I remember correctly I liked it, as much as I would ever like an excruciatingly violent action film. The Raid 2 is a fairly standard sequel then, upping the ante significantly and marking the whole thing as basically a do-over of the original; with more incidents of violence and more – shall we say “creative” – violent acts the Raid 2 doesn’t have quite the same individuality that exuded from its predecessor and just feels like a rehash in an attempt to duplicate the success.
Set shortly after the bloody events of The Raid (2012) the sequel continues to follow the inexperienced but determined rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais), whose actions have gained him the attention of those even higher up the gangland food chain. Destroying the seemingly unparalleled organized crime unit in the first film in a cacophony of close shot, tight and elegantly bloody violence Rama is now forced to go undercover and climb his way up the criminal hierarchy in order to take down those at the very top: the corrupt politicians and police officials who pose a threat not only to his community but particularly to Rama’s own wife and infant son.
The story is really only there to provide an excuse for a lot of violence and ass-kicking; once again the cinematography is well managed, the use of extreme close ups during the fight scenes significantly increasing the tension, but ultimately, for me at least, it’s all just lost its edge. Where the first Raid film was set almost entirely in a single location, really driving you into the action, this time around the film just lacks the same ingenuity.
Those looking for a lot of violence and bloodshed are sure to be pleased with the Raid 2 personally however I felt it was rather mediocre.