Pulling a trigger is like ordering a takeout…
Words could not express how excited I was for The Raid 2. I don’t really remember how I caught onto the first one, but I remember seeing it and it blowing my mind! I’ve been following the updates on the sequel since they announced they were going to make it. The moment the trailer dropped, I was just like “Bawhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. So now that you understand my excitement, you’re probably wondering my reaction towards the film. The moment the movie ended, I had to immediately get up and look for my mind because it was blown away during the film.
In The Raid 2, Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
I 100% loved this movie. This movie is beyond flawless. Movies like this don’t come around often and I’m glad I’m one of the few (right now) to see this. Everything about this movie is better than the original, like light years better than the original. The action is seriously the best action I’ve ever seen, and I’m not exaggerating. Every action scene in the film tops the previous one. The action is brutal and gory as hell, I would go as far to say that this is by far the most brutal action movie I’ve ever seen. People are getting shot up, beaten up, torn up, you name it. I remember no shaky cam, all the action scenes are shot incredibly, to the point where it feels like it’s an art piece. The entire Mud fight scene just feels like an entire art piece in motion. The gore in the film is great as well, it’s a great mix of practical and CGI blood. The fights in the film are just so fucking awesome! The choreography of the fights are so fucking good, there are many moments where I was like “He totally hit him!” but since it was so well done, it completely fooled me. I feel like I’m rambling on about how cool the action is, and there is one more scene I want to talk about, but that’s for another section of this review.
The original film was just a Elite SWAT Team raiding a tall building to getting the bad guy. The sequel takes it up a billion notches and builds this entire world and makes an incredible story to flow with it. Imagine The Departed mixed with The Raid and you have this film. I was invested the entire time, and the entire movie was subtitled, not like that’s a problem at all. By the middle of this movie, I was more interested in the story itself than the action, but when the action came around, I was jacked up and ready to see someone get there face smashed in with a baseball bat.
Going back to the action scene that I mentioned I would talk about earlier, There is a car chase scene that is the best car chase scene I have ever seen. It was that cliche line “I was on the edge of my seat”. The way the characters fought and interacted with the environment was awesome. There is a great part within the scene with a biker than it’s conclusion was so fucking satisfying. The way they filmed the scene too was impressive as hell. Some of those shots I don’t even know how they got it. Like seriously!?
The acting was pretty good. I was more focused on the subtitles than the actual performances. Iko Uwais (Rama) was great, even though I couldn’t get the full performance I would like to see, he was great. Arifin Putra was easily the best in the film since his character was the most developed and had alot happen to him throughout the film. The acting overall balanced from okay to great. So, that’s good!!
Let’s end this review. The Raid 2: Berandal is a fucking Masterpiece. It’s the exact type of action movie I as a film maker want to make one day. Everything about this movie is incredible and stands above it’s predecessor. Talk about a good month for sequels, we got Captain America: The Winter Solider which I loved! This sequel will go down as one of the best sequels to film.
Overall Rating: Masterpiece