Rating: 6.5 stars
Seen 4 times
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
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
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!