7 comments on ““The Raid 2: Berandal” (2014) – Indonesian Martial Art/ Action

  1. Aha. For once you’ve beaten me to the punch here! I’ve got a copy (in fact I missed the chance to go to a director attended screening with a q&a back when it got a really limited cinema release, which was strange because the first was pretty well advertised here), but simply not gotten around to it. I did like the first (along with the bizarre almost-the-same-film-in-the-future ‘Dredd’), even if maybe not to the extent some action junkies did.

    Your review has worried me a touch, but I’ll almost certainly give it a spin super soon 🙂

    • Hahaha!! Ahhh… don’t let my somewhat tepid movie watchin’ experience put you off giving it a watch. Mostly it’s a film that suffers by being a sequel to such a big hit. If you watch the “making of” stuff, you find out that this story wasn’t even originally supposed to be a sequel… it’s a reworking of an older script Edwards came up with before he did “The Raid”. Perhaps that explains why the characters feel so “off” from the first one.

  2. I pretty much agree with that review. The Raid was just so perfectly formed and consistently surprising. The pace and single-mindedness of it was fantastic.

    The Raid 2 was much more sprawling with so many ideas splatted on the wall to see what sticked. I’m afraid with all that ambition it’s nowhere near say an Infernal Affairs.

    It says a lot about it though that the action was so good it just about rescued it 🙂

    • It’s not a terrible film, but it does suffer much by being the sequel to a movie that captured fire in a bottle right off the bat. If they do manage to carry on and do a third one, it might be well advised to move Rama’s wife and child more central to the story and give his character more of a feeling that he’s fighting for something worth it.

  3. A very thorough review!
    I haven’t seen this yet…I will soon.
    I totally agree with you on the fact that sequel rarely becomes better than the original.

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