The Raid 2
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – 2014
Written & Directed by Gareth Huw Evans
For those of who didn’t watch The Raid: Redemption (2011), I would go out of my way to see one of the most unrelenting, bone-crunching martial arts spectacles ever put on film. Filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans picks up shortly after the events of the first film to create an epic Godfather 2-like sequel that is sure to blow you away.
Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to go undercover as a cop to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption task force led by the one person he can trust, he is given the assignment to become an enforcer for a local mob boss named Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo). Rama must connect Bangun with police force corruption at the same time fulfill a personal blood feud that threatens to consume him.
Running at 150-minutes, which is a bit long (my only complaint), Gareth Huw Evans puts Rama in as many dramatically different situations (19 fight scenes) as possible; prison, office building, inside a cab, factory, alleyway, all glass wine cellar, kitchen and then let’s all hell break loose.
In almost every instance, before the lightning fast violence erupts, the movie has quiet, soft scenes (calm before the storm) to allow for you to catch your breath. Believe me, you’ll need it.
Iko Uwais is simply amazing in the film executing an incredible amount of martial arts moves. The Indonesian actor, stuntman, fight choreographer utilizes everything within reach to assist in his fight against what seems to be the entire underworld. He also comes across as caring and truly likable, which is needed for both the character and movie to work.
The denizens of the drug world are definitely a threat with three standing out. Cecep Arif Rahman plays “The Assassin”, a master fighter and is wicked with two deadly circular knifes. Raven-haired beauty Julie Estelle is Alicia “Hammer Girl”, getting her nickname by brandishing two devastating claw hammers. Very Tri Yulisman is called “Baseball Bat Man”, because he wields an aluminum bat with deadly consequence.
Special Features include; Director Commentary, Q@A with Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais and Joe Trapanese, The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel.
If you want to see balls-to-the-wall fighting choreographed, photographed and executed on the highest level, then don’t waste another moment. Go get The Raid 2 and be prepared to be floored.