BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Raid 2: Berandal Reviews
By Dr. Know on March 28th, 2014
Neither its undercover drama nor its two-and-a-half-hour length bog down the bracing, and numerous, fight fests.
Just when you think the movie has gotten as wonderfully, violently over-the-top as possible, it manages to keep upping the ante until its exhausting climax. It leaves you drained, but not enervated.
The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, [director Gavin] Evans keeps the action coming like nobody’s business.
From the first scene, this Jakarta-set actioner is extraordinarily gorgeous – and extremely violent.
Those with a high tolerance for violence and gore – at one point, Rama battles assassins labeled “Baseball Bat Man” and “Hammer Girl” simultaneously – will eat up “The Raid 2.”
Evans has grown up a little, expanded his repertoire and learned a valuable lesson about telling a story between all the outrageous fight choreography.
All those looking for a new kick are advised to seek it out, but don’t blame me for the headache with which you might leave the theater.
The result is a crime saga with the frequently jaw-dropping fight scenes you’d expect.
strong stuff, not for the faint of heart, but it is, and I don’t say this lightly, bloody fantastic.
You could say (and some will) that the gratuitousness of the violence in The Raid 2 is a problem. But it all functions as part of the surreal dance of death …
Unbearably tense..it may test the limits of even veteran action fans – or satisfy them in a way they never thought possible.
The action is at once horrifying and absurdly cartoonish (a baseball bat yields a particularly gruesome coup de grace), but Uwais’ dexterity inspires awe …
There is something deeply existential about seeing Rama trapped in a situation, facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and then watch him think, or respond, using his mental and physical skills, his way out of the situation.
Though unleashing 150 minutes’ worth of brute force asks a lot of the uninitiated, those in the know will still be left wanting more.