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The Raid 2 (2014)

Serbuan Maut 2: Berandal (original title)
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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.

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Gareth Evans

Writer:

Gareth Evans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iko Uwais ... Rama
Arifin Putra ... Uco
Tio Pakusadewo ... Bangun (as Tio Pakusodewo)
Oka Antara ... Eka
Alex Abbad ... Bejo
Cecep Arif Rahman Cecep Arif Rahman ... The Assassin (as Cecep Arief Rahman)
Julie Estelle ... Alicia 'Hammer Girl'
Very Tri Yulisman ... Baseball Bat Man
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Keichi (as Ryuhei Matsuda)
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Hideaki Goto (as Kenichi Endo)
Kazuki Kitamura ... Ryuichi
Yayan Ruhian ... Prakoso
Cok Simbara Cok Simbara ... Bunawar
Roy Marten Roy Marten ... Reza
Epy Kusnandar Epy Kusnandar ... Topan
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He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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It's Not Over Yet

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Indonesia | USA

Language:

Indonesian | Japanese | English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Raid 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,292, 30 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,625,803, 15 June 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rama's prisoner number is KSC2-303, the same as the hero from the Ryuhei Kitamura film Versus. See more »

Goofs

When Rama is fighting in the warehouse, there is a shot of several opponents running toward him from behind. A few seconds later, they are shown again, but there are fewer and they are at the same distance. See more »

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Bangun: Only a fool argues for the pride of a dead man.
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Alternate Versions

US release was cut "by frames" (as stated by director Gareth Evans) to avoid an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. The cuts only total around 5 seconds. They include a medium shot of Lieutenant Wahyu being shot, a brief additional shot of Uco cutting the throat of one of the bound men, Prakoso stabbing one of his attackers at the nightclub three times in the neck with a broken bottle, shot extensions when Hammer Girl attacks the bodyguards on the subway, and a longer shot of Rama killing the assassin in the kitchen. See more »

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References Merantau (2009) See more »

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Undercover
Performed by Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal
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An Excellent Sequel and Fantastic Action / Martial Arts Movie
29 March 2014 | by hugo-armstrongSee all my reviews

The first movie 'The Raid: Redemption' set the bar for action movies. With its fast paced action and believable fight scene choreography whilst not being over the top with an aim for realism that would diminish the combat's entertainment factor.

With 'The Raid 2: Berandal', we are brought back into the gritty world of the first movie directly following where the story left off. The viewers are introduced to an entirely new perspective on the world where the first movie is set. In the first movie we are locked in the one perspective of Rama and his battle through the building, whilst in the sequel we learn that this all takes place as part of a much larger setting. We find out that realism is not the aim of the series and instead its a world of gangsters, villains and corruption.

Evans is able to introduce new characters like the 'Hammer Girl' and the 'Baseball Bat' guy without making them seem totally over the top and ridiculous. We also get to watch them fight and are able to enjoy their unique styles rather than the usual, 'this character is a bad guy' scenes to barely introduce them.

The fight scenes are excellently choreographed and the way they are shot is spectacular, a lot of imagination and ingenuity is used to really throw the viewer directly into the action. The gore and violence level reflect far more realistic outcomes considering the brutality of both the scenarios and the weapons.

When I try to compare this to the usual Hollywood blockbuster action movies reduced to PG13 to get more people in to watch it, its impossible. The movie delivers far more in the way of action and fight sequences whilst maintaining a sensible and cohesive plot.

If you are expecting(for some bizarre reason) to see an amazing plot to compare to The Godfather or The Departed you probably are expecting the wrong things. If you are expecting to see a amazing fighting / martial arts movie with a believable plot you wont be disappointed. The movie reminded me a little of a Tarantino film with its characters, something like Kill Bill. But instead with way way way better fight scenes and frankly, a better plot as well.

Overall considering where this movie is from and the cast involved etc any negative rating is totally undeserved. Whilst not everyone's cup of tea as far as martial arts / action movies go this movie will be impossible to top in 2014, and frankly its probably the best action movie I have seen in the last decade, it will be on the top of my list for a while.


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