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The Raid 2 (2014)

Directed by Gareth Evans

Action | Drama | Crime

Most recently watched by archstanton43, archstanton43, PeterMartin, sleestakk, zombiefreak, Javitron, Angjonesy, schofizzy, jcdeleon1, noahphex

Overview

After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover corrupt members of his own force.

Rated R | Length 150 minutes

Actors

Epy Kusnandar | Roy Marten | Donny Alamsyah | Ryuhei Matsuda | Kazuki Kitamura | Yayan Ruhian | Very Tri Yulisman | Julie Estelle | Cecep Arif Rahman | Cok Simbara | Ken'ichi Endô | Alex Abbad | Tio Pakusadewo | Oka Antara | Arifin Putra | Iko Uwais

Viewing Notes

I like The Raid quite a bit, though perhaps not as much as others. It’s a compact, tense little movie that keeps the plot straightforward, though not without its twists, and rightfully focuses on the amazing action.

I don’t mind that The Raid 2 isn’t a repeat of the same thing (though I can’t say I’d have minded that) but it feels like a movie that got lost in the editing room. It sets out to be a much more expansive drama but falls short by continuing to rely on massive action set pieces. These feel like small movies on their own and serve to over-elaborate points in the larger story that could have been much more succinct.

While I do love the action, and there is some amazingly choreographed violence in this movie, I think I’d have rather seen a tighter focus on the story that would have minimized the fighting, or conversely, a movie that focused on the action that reduced the amount of drama.

It was great to see characters from both Macabre and V/H/S/2 show up in this, and the soundtrack is excellent!

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