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The Raid 2: Berandal

Gareth Evans Indonesia, 2014

Nick Schwab's rating of the film The Raid 2

Evans ambition to widen the scope of the first Raid film, and give it a grounded sensibility through traditional storytelling, hurts this first sequel the most. The original had a batshit craziness in its tone, pace, and action, that only a genre-defying filmmaker can have. Yet, here, the telling of Evan's larger narrative is unrousing, pedestrian, and dull, thus the action feels strung together.