The Raid 2: Berandal Review

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Yavin, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Yavin

    Yavin Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 15, 2013
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    4 out of 5. Wall-to-wall action, brutal and gory violence, all set against the backdrop of a power struggle in the criminal underword ...what's not to love?

    My full review can be found here.
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    I didn't see the first installment, but didn't find it to impede my understanding too much. It's your basic "cop goes deep cover to infiltrate the mob" story with Rama being the Indonesian cop that goes into prison to befriend a crime lord's son Uco to get the goods on whole mob.

    The chaotic action scenes between the good guy and the bad guys is over-the-top and entertainingly so. The face-off scenes feature hand-to-hand, weapons, gunplay, aluminum bats, hammers, and lots of stuntwork too. A lot of scenes induced audible cringes from me from the damage being inflicted on each other. It's bloody and crazy, and does its genre proud.

    But at 2.5 hours, it's too long in spots, with some minor characters getting side subplots that adds little to the overall narrative.

    I give it 2.75 stars, or a grade of B-.
  3. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Lead Actor

    Aug 6, 2001
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    Northern Virginia
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    Chuck Mayer
    I walked out of this film twice, maybe even thrice, the man I was when I walked in.

    They should call this Blunt Force Trauma: The Motion Picture.

    Exceedingly well-directed, impeccably staged action sequences, assuredly paced. Built lean directly from The Raid, this film is a marvel of cinematic fighting brilliance.

    Aside from those parts, it still manages to wring a little drama from it, but that skeleton isn't any more developed than it needs to be. But a few key sequences build enough character empathy, and it moves swiftly and wisely.

    Totally worth a trip to the theaters to see this big. There are a few all-timers in here, that will be watched 100,000,000,000,000 times on youtube in the years to come. It won't ever be as good as it is on the big screen.


    Whoops. Apologies. I did not search down far enough to see the main thread.

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