Directed by: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusedewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda
Released: March 2014
Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais have changed the game…
After an intense rookie mission Rama (Uwais) believed everything was over. However the raid on the apartment in the Jarkarta slums has attracted the attention of bigger and more dangerous criminals. With his family in danger, Rama must go undercover and advance through the criminal underworld to bring down those in charge.
After seeing The Raid: Redemption I figured I’d never see anything at that level again. When I say Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais have changed the game, I mean they’ve CHANGED THE F*****’ GAME!!!
The Raid 2, while remaining believable - is the most violent movie I’ve seen and one of the best movies this year. The stressed plot is the biggest change from the first while remaining a true martial arts film - Think The Departed meets Ip Man.
Other action films including the first do not compare to the violence and action in this one. The villains are epic. On of the first fight scenes in the prison bathroom echoes the hallway beat down in Oldboy (2003) but on level 100. There’s a car chase scene which itself was better than any of the Fast and Furious movies in their entirety.
I’m hoping Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais keep working together. The Raid 2 is the best/most ridiculous/violent martial arts film I’ve seen in a long time. The violence is relentless. The action is rapid. The Raid 2 has changed the game.
And talk about an awesome Trailer (Red Band): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG9uFX3uYq4