Action junkies that enjoy blood, guts and glory flicks will remember 2011’s critically acclaimed “The Raid: Redemption”. The film stars martial-arts experts Iko Uwais who designed the fight choreography with co-star and villain of the movie, Yayan Ruhian. I will never forget Iko’s first mission with the undercover elite swat team raiding the safe house to take down the notorious drug lord . The Indonesian martial arts style of “Pencak Silat” and carefully choreographed camerawork to showcase the epic battles was absolutely superb. Welsh director Gareth Evans is back with a second installment featuring a hyper-violent fanboy pleaser!
“The Raid 2: Berandal” is described as one of the most violent action movies made in years, so prepare yourself, it will not be everyone’s cup of tea. We will definitely be heading out to watch this one, set to be released on 28 March, 2014. Uwais reprises his role as Rama, he is supported by Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Yayan Ruhian, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki
“The Raid 2” Synopsis:
“Picking up right where the first film ends, “The Raid 2” follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.”
Check out early reviews from Sundance 2014:
…this orgy of broken bones and vicious badassery makes its cult predecessor look like a peevish bitch-slap.
The Sundance cut of ‘The Raid 2‘ is 148 minutes. I think I saw 138. Ten minutes before the end I turned to a colleague and said “all right, enough of this,” and walked out. It is the first time I’ve ever left a film that I intended to review in my career. … this unrated cut is so relentless, so absolutely brutal, that I just couldn’t take anymore.
…doesn’t really get the adrenaline pumping until the film’s second half. Once the carnage kicks in, Evans’ action chops prove as robust and hyperkinetic as ever, delivering deep, bone-crunching pleasure for hardcore action buffs.
“The Raid 2″ is remarkable filmcraft, first and foremost, and it tells a solid, compelling cop story in a way that left me physically shaking. I cannot wait to see it again, and I am genuinely concerned that the MPAA is going to savage the version we saw because of the profound level of graphic violence it contains.
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Also check out the early reviews for featured films at Sundance this year:
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Little Accidents
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: The Raid 2
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Nymphomaniac, Part One
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Calvary
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Blind
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: The Double
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: The Guest
- SUNDANCE 2014 REVIEW: Whiplash