The Raid 2 2014

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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

Starring:
Ryuhei Matsuda, Kazuki Kitamura
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DVD, Blu-ray

The Raid 2

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring Ryuhei Matsuda, Kazuki Kitamura, Julie Estelle, Kenichi Endo, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra
Director Gareth Evans
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages Indonesian
Dubbing English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring Ryuhei Matsuda, Kazuki Kitamura, Julie Estelle, Kenichi Endo, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra
Director Gareth Evans
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages Indonesian
Dubbing English
Subtitles English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aeraphos on 29 Dec. 2014
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The Raid 1 is one of the best action movies I have ever seen. The action, martial arts, and gritty crime setting made it such an exciting experience that took me by surprise. Yet it was so very simple. The story, the characters, the setting, it was all so bare bones. It was only the mind blowing action that made it so amazing.

The Raid 2 not only improves upon the action, but it is a deeper, more complex, and more emotional movie. This is one of those rare occasions when a sequel outdoes the classic original in every conceivable way. I watched, expecting a simple yet fun action movie, I finished realizing that I had just watched something so much more.

There are many more characters with personality and roles in the story this time around. Rama once again proves himself as the King of kicking the daylights out of people. There is a large cast of criminals, all of whom have their own memorable personalities, their own motivations, and their own subplots that makes them so much more than generic bad guys. There are also many twists and revelations that I doubt anyone will be able to predict.

The cinematography is brilliant. The scenes are shot so well. Not just the fight scenes, but everything. The footage slows down at just the right moments, the camera may focus on a wisp of smoke, or a droplet of water, or any other mesmerizing image at certain points. The sets are beautiful too, and are a vast improvement over the bland apartment block in the first movie. Sound and music are also very important here. They are used with great effect at key points in very creative ways.

But the main thing in the Raid 2 is the action. All of the fight scenes are spread out more evenly than in the first movie where it was near constant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 13 Aug. 2014
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This film has a much bigger scale than the original, there is a huge ambition to make this a largescale gangster film with martial arts, and as a whole it works.
Firstly the Action scenes are astounding, the choreography and filming make each fight seem intense and weighty. The martial artists are phenomenal and at times it seems just like a very violent dance. I cannot find fault with any of the action in this movie, it is liberally spread throughout proceedings as well to break up story elements nicely.
The plot is interesting, and a direct follow on to the end of The Raid with the protaganist having to deal with the ramifications of what happened in the building and being recruited to try and bring down corrupt police who are helping the criminal gangs.
This is a long film clocking in at about 160mins and i did feel that with some judicious editing this could have been made a little tighter, but overall i enjoyed the experience and it did not seem to drag on.
The extras are interesting and add to the overall experience of the film which is nice to see. I would recommend this to all action/Martial arts fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 17 Aug. 2014
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This is a great martial arts movie. I have to say I did like the Raid better, but that does not take away that thus film is excellent. For anyone who has been disappointed with the latest Jackie martial comadies, or Jet's more wire work than martial arts, this movie is salvation. Iko Uwais has set himself up as the new martial arts superstar since Tony Jaa.

This movie is more bloody and with a higher body count that the first movie. It is set over a course of years. The martial arts are brilliant. Since the first movie Rama, is forced to go undercover supposedly to break a cur rump cop ring. To do this he must engreciate himself with the son of the head gangster. When the assignment that was supposed to be a couple of months turnes into a couple of years is there anyway back for him?

Despite the film being over 2 1/2 hours, the time flies by. More than enough action and amazing fight choirography to keep me amazed. All round great movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
In a cinematic world filled with action films that are all cloned from ‘Bourne’ movies, i.e. where our hero is mercilessly pursued across one city after the next by relentless government agents, it’s actually quite nice to see a change of style (and in a sequel, no less!).

The original ‘Raid’ film was quite a condensed little piece, set in Indonesia it was about a police raid that went bad, leaving only a handful of survivors left alive. Part II starts only a matter of hours after the first one ends and the only honest cop left alive finds he’s still in hot water when a secret team of police officers recruit him to go undercover and infiltrate what’s left of the gangs who run the city’s crime.

Now the ‘raid’ is really a raid in name only. There’s no raid in the sequel, just a story which revolves around our downtrodden police hero and his attempts to infiltrate those he has sworn to destroy. It does – naturally – have subtitles, so you’ll need to be okay with reading them while you’re watching.

Strangely enough, for an action film, there’s quite a bit to it. It’s quite a long film – over two hours – and some might say that that is too long to just watch multiple martial arts scenes (did I mention you really need to be a fan of martial arts movies to appreciate this?). However, it never really outstays its welcome and actually moves pretty quickly.

In fact… our hero almost becomes forgotten as a fair amount of the story is dedicated to the gang members and how they’re attempting to doublecross each other. Some of the enemies almost become even more memorable than our hero, who almost starts to seem bland in comparison.

Perhaps one of the Raid 2’s strengths is the way it’s filmed. If ever a film has a ‘look and feel’ then it does here.
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