Review – The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)


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.


When I watched “The Raid” I was wowed and I’m sure a lot of people were feeling the same, with its blood-curdling, head-punching action that immersed us into the midst of Rama and his team, to reach the top of a tower block to arrest a powerful drug lord, which goes horribly wrong.

The Raid had a great plot, strongly written characters and incredible martial arts. Then comes “The Raid 2: Berandal, a film which is far more superior than it predecessor! We pick up a few hours after the ending of “The Raid”, with Rama being de-briefed by his superiors about what happened in the tower block. We quickly learn the murders he committed in order to survive were merely the tip of the ice berg!

The Raid 2 opens up the universe of the hard-hitting, gruelling and ruthless Indonesian gangland. we start to realise the shear scale of the drug world and what Rama is about to throw himself into. Rama is going to experience a whole other level of criminal activity, danger and what it takes to survive in this all or nothing mission.

Once again I can not stress how tremendous Iko Uwais and his co-stars were in this spectacular martial-arts film. The fighting has been taken up a hundred notches and Iko himself really shows his deadly skills and what he is made of!

Gareth Evans has out done himself with the writing and directing of this brilliant action, crime thriller.  Location of filming, the different tones of light, the steady camera angles (which wasn’t the best in its predecessor) all the way through to the special effects which were fantastic! 

The Raid 2, holds my all time favourite fight scene between Cecep Arif Rahman (the Assassin) and Iko Uwais (Rama) without giving too much away the two of them have an intense, bloodthirsty kitchen brawl which is lengthy, but in a good way. IT IS JUST MIND BLOWING!!! The choreographing for this particular scene was superb and hats of to Gareth Evans and his team for not only casting Cecep Arif Rahman, but for putting together this kick-ass, master piece. 

While this film is certainly not for the squeamish, The Raid 2 is every action enthusiast’s nocturnal emission. It surpasses the original film and has put Gareth and Iko on the radar for future films.

I will look forward to seeing what Gareth Evans has in store for us in the future and who’s butt, Iko Uwais will be kicking next! 


Director: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Cecep Arif Rahman, Alex Abbad, Oka Antara

Rating: 18 (R-rated)

Language: Indonesian

Running: Time 2h 30m

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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