Written April 06, 2014
I figure that this was a continuation from Raid: The Redemption.
I was surprised by the smooth transition from the first movie to his next assignment.
The blood was perfectly done. Fight choreography like ballet, only with bones cracking.
Iko Uwais and Gareth Evans outdone themselves AGAIN! This further proves that a lower budget production can impress even the most jaded critics and hard-to-please viewer.
Written March 31, 2014
Raid: Redemption was a very good movie with memorizing action scenes. The Raid 2 blows the 1st one out of the water. The story can be a little slow about halfway through but then it picks up and never lets go. My buddy and I took our wives to see The Raid 2 with us and to our surprised they loved the movie as much as we did. Our little group traveled over an hour to go to LA just to see the movie. Was a great experience, if you liked the first one, you will be happy with the 2nd.
Written April 12, 2014
The Raid 2 gets a rating of five nunchucks and a bonus throwing star! The first movie was off the hook but these sequel fight scenes are nothing less than spectacular. The villain cast reads like a superhero movie with unofficial names I've given them such as Bat boy, Hammer girl, Sickle man, Machete Ghost, etc . . . They spare no blood and gore when the weapons and fist start flying. The main character is still kick-butt without seeming to be a show-off. He's calm cool and collected until he has to put his foot in your behind. The only true downside to the movie is that it runs long (near 3 hours) as it establishes the all too familiar plot of revenge and betrayal so there is a lag between butt kickings but well worth the wait. The final fight sequence is taken straight out of Game of Death in which Bruce Lee would have been proud. Go see this movie.Enough said.
Written April 13, 2014
This movie was fast paced and filled with tediously long fights. No where in the advertising or trailer do they mention that all but about 15 seconds of the movie you have to read subtitles...really? It should be the viewers decision to watch a subtitled movie, not their discovery after paying. Difficult at best to follow the action and plot while reading. The book has to be better...lol! Save your money.
Written April 12, 2014
Greatest Of All Time! Strong words but this movie blows any other action movie out of the water. The Raid 2 begins right where The Raid: Redemption left off and seamlessly blends the story together. Where as The Raid: Redemption was a very simple movie with a straight forward story, The Raid 2 elevates the story to a true crime thriller and it does so beautifully! Take everything that was good about the first movie, then add a story that reminded me a lot of The Departed, and put it all together to create perfection.
The action is ramped up in every way but not in a meaningless way, a la Transformers2,3. Everything in this film has a purpose and is shot and captured beautifully. The performances from the actors was also fantastic and there are so many interesting characters that you really need to pay attention to keep track of them all.
In short this is the new benchmark that all action films will be judged. Director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais are stars in the making.