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The Raid 2 (2014)

By Newguy

logoDirector: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans (Screenplay)

Starring: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusodewo, Oka Antara, Alex Abbad, Cecep Arif Rahman, Julie Estelle


Plot: He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on


Verdict: Just Wow


Story: How do you follow up one of the best action films of recent years? Simple you just make it bigger and better. When the last one finished you were left wondering where this could go next and any other film would just be clutching at straws by doing what happens. The undercover story could go either way but they play it brilliantly by setting it over a longer time period. Along with the desire for power in the crime network between three different groups we have one of the best well created action films of all time here. (9/10)


Actor Review

Iko Uwais: Rama after finding out his brother has been murdered by Bejo he wants revenge but to do so he must go undercover with one of the big criminal syndicates lead by Bangun. Under this man he must keep in character by working as a henchman for his son Uco. Rama gets caught up in the middle of a battle for power but we all know he can handle himself in a fight against the odds. Great performance from Iko showing he could well be this next generations martial arts star. (9/10)



Arifin Putra: Uco the son of Bangun who befriends Rama in prison before giving him a job working for the family business. He desires a chance to gain power but his father is unwillingly to give it to him leading him to go into business with a rival family. Good performance playing the cocky child of a well-respected crime boss. (8/10)


Tio Pakusodewo: Bangun the leader of one of the criminal families who gives Rama a chance to prove himself but his calm style of business ends up leading him to get questioned by his son. Good performance as the smart business man in a criminal world. (8/10)



Alex Abbad: Bejo the mysterious man who has killed Rama’s brother and has slowly been building up a criminal rivalry to the big two family who work in peace with each other. This is an interesting character he comes over very calm and direct but when he finally loses his cool you don’t get in his way. Good performance keeping enough mystery about him for long enough. (8/10)



Director Review: Gareth Evans – Brilliant directing making one if not the best action film this century. Showing his skills to tell a story and give us raw action. (10/10)


Action: Stunning action from start to finish, each using locations as part of the fight and also has one of the best car chases of all time. (10/10)

Thriller: You do want to know what will happen next from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is used to full effect during the fight scenes. (10/10)

Suggestion: I think however good this film is, it really is only for the action fans out there. They will enjoy this to a new level as I believe the casual fans may find it that little bit too violent. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Car Chase

Worst Part: The only thing I saw that was bad was that I had to read it, otherwise stunning.

Action Scene Of The Film: Kitchen fight.

Believability: The idea could be real but the fights are all over the top and enjoyable. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Should have one

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $2.7 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 28 Minutes

Tagline: It’s Not Over Yet


Overall: Sensational, Breath-taking, Wow, Wow Wow  



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