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My “The Raid 2” review.
"The Raid 2" is a tapestry of perfection. It’s big, quietly brooding, epically brutal and what, I imagine, will be the greatest action film of 2014…and this decade.
Wile the first film was a tight little package of bonkers machete fights and necks getting impaled on jagged door frames, the sequel is a sprawling gangster film and, more importantly, a much more mature movie.
In fact, it feels weird to compare the two because the original feels very much like a b-movie in comparison; a well made You Tube, show reel if you will.
"The Raid 2" has character, drama, pace and a girl that rips people’s spines open with hammers. It’s miles ahead of the first in terms of film making. It’s been labeled the action version of "The Godfather" and although it’s certainly not that, comparisons can be made.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty…
For me, the first ten minutes were a little confusing. Lots of cuts and a continued flash forward to Rama seemingly in deep shit.
After this ten minutes, everything falls into place. WARNING: You will need to remember names and faces. This film doesn’t hold your hand and walk you through its plot. It’s pretty detailed and you have to cling on to detail in order to enjoy it fully.
The film is also two and a half hours long. Justifiably? Well, I wasn’t bored at all. Not once. However, it could have been trimmed a little here and there if they really wanted to. Personally, I wouldn’t want to see a cut version. It’s long, sure, but every dramatic beat, every slow, brooding interaction contributes to the tension…the build up.
And what’s important is that there is tension in this film. A shitload of it. You genuinely feel as though Rama (Iko Uwais) is in trouble. The good thing is that we know, at some point, he’s going to have to punch his way out of it.
I can’t praise the plot enough. It’s simple but highly engaging. You want some characters to die, you want to see more of others.
But, before this review gets too long, let’s talk about the action…
It is simply stunning. STUNNING. There isn’t a dull fight in the entire thing. From the opening prison ruckus to the mind blowing thirty minutes which may just feature a fight better than the two-on-one from the first film, it’s flawless when it comes to action.
Even the film’s car chase is miles better than most films’. Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Boy are bananas, Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog from “The Raid”) is phenomenal and real life Silat mater, Cecep Arif Rahman is one of the baddest motherfuckers of all time.
And yes, the film is as violent as people say it is. People in the audience I watched it with winced, looked away and yelled out. But this was coupled with cheers, excited laughter and even a round of applause after a certain fight.
It’s bloody. Super bloody. But, fuck me, it’s magical. This is how action should look. Each set-piece if given enough breathing room to deliver something special and the all Silat final fight is easily some of the finest choreography ever. It just goes on and on and on and never gets tired. It’s adrenalized the entire time and, afterwards, I was giddy with glee.
The worst thing is that I can’t spoil the film. Nobody should know anything about “The Raid 2.” You should refrain from watching the fights. The trailers do spoil things. Just allow yourself to watch and enjoy it.
"The Raid 2" Hitachi Magic Wands the shit out of my action clitoris. That’s the best way I can explain it. It’s fantastic and deserves every smattering of praise it receives. Watch it. Give it all your money because, ladies and gents, we want "The Raid 3."