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The nastiest Yakuza epic in years, and a mean martial arts film to boot,
This review is from: The Raid 2 [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
While not a bolt out of the blue like The Raid (Redemption), its sequel Berandal is a nasty reminder why Gareth Evans is the most entertaining action director working. The violence has been taken up a level, which seemed impossible two years ago. This is every bit as stabby and bloody as any number of slasher’s. Not only that, Evans and co have become better at choreography with some of the martial arts battles being as breathless as anything this hardened martial arts fan has ever experienced. The Raid 2 is breathlessly inventive, with Hammer Girl, the final fight and the face-off in a moving car being nothing shy of formidable. The problem for many will be the storytelling, 2hrs 40 minutes is too long for any martial arts feature - there is no evading that. However, Evans has constructed this like a Yakuza epic rather than a typical martial arts piece, and anyone remotely comfortable with the slower pace of Yakuza or Triad films will be immediately at home with this insane spectacle.