Action-film fans have long been subjected to watered-down films made to appeal to the masses. If you’re an action movie buff looking for a "real" action film, then look no further. The Raid 2 is an unapologetically brutal film made just for you.
The Raid 2 begins where the prequel left off. Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to go undercover in an attempt to bust an Indonesian mob in Jakarta. He must hunt down Ucok (Arifin Putra), who hopes to take over the family business. Ucok enlists Bejo (Alex Abbad) to help him overthrow Bangun.
It goes without saying that the best parts of The Raid 2 are the fight sequences. Though they are intense and certainly not for everyone, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty. Each fight scene (and there are a lot of them) flows as smoothly as the world’s most-deadly dance.
These intense and perfectly-timed scenes make the film memorable. In fact, they might just be some of the best action scenes in recent films. And what’s better? There’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a gun fight, martial arts or a car chase, The Raid 2 has it all. Surprisingly, none of these scenes feel like cheap tricks to appeal to a larger audience.
The acting in the film is good too. Though there’s nothing wrong with any of the performances, none of them are anything to write home about. Iko Uwais shows a marked improvement from his performance in Merantau, but he still has a long way to go. Nonetheless, he makes up for this with his prowess with the martial arts.
Despite all this, you might be disappointed if you set your expectations too high.
Though The Raid 2 is a well-made movie, it’s not for the casual viewer. The gore, the excessive action and the ruthless display of brutality might easily put someone off.
The plot also feels weak at times. Gareth Evans’ efforts to incorporate as many elements as possible leads to a movie that feels over-the-top. In fact, even action enthusiasts might find themselves wondering if it’s just a little excessive.
The movie is also a tad longer than it should ideally have been. Though each of the fight scenes make the film worth watching, a fewer number of sub-plots would have aided the film.
Why should you watch this film?
The Raid 2 is a film for hardcore action-film buffs. It is unapologetic in its display of gore, brutality and battles. It also has a better plot than most films of the genre, making it a refreshing change from the usual norm. If you liked the prequel, this isn’t a film you can afford to miss!