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7.4
/10
871 Ratings

The Raid 2

The Raid 2: Berandal

Directed by Gareth Evans
Indonesia, United States, 2014
Action, Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

Picking up where the first film left off, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and expose the corruption in his own police force.

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The Raid 2 Directed by Gareth Evans

Awards & Festivals

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Asian Film Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Editor

2015 | Nominee: Best Cinematographer

Clocking in at close to two-and-a-half hours, everything about The Raid 2 has been supercharged — from its masterfully choreographed set pieces to its multi-layered undercover cop narrative to its vast ensemble of idiosyncratic antagonists… Although it may not boast the dizzying bob-and-weave rhythm of the first film, nor the soberingly utilitarian villains, this is a remarkable feat of close-combat spectacle cinema.
April 10, 2014
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This is not an action movie—it’s a violence movie. The film’s aesthetic isn’t the aesthetic of action, it’s the aesthetic of horror.The killers are nameless, they barely speak, they are unstoppable, and they generate massive quantities of gore with trademark weapons. Fights are full of lingering close-ups of faces being burnt, heads being blown open with shotguns, and Achilles tendons being severed… Action is no longer fun. It is hardcore.
April 01, 2014
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If The Raid took place over a couple of hours, The Raid 2 takes place over years. If The Raid was mostly one guy fighting a bunch of other guys, The Raid 2 is many guys (and one exceptional gal) fighting each other in various head-spinning combinations. If The Raid was a tight, tough, flawlessly executed action flick, The Raid 2, while almost equally amazing, is a diffuse, ambitious, flawed gangster ballet.
March 27, 2014
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