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The Raid 2

action & adventure, drama


A Jakarta cop goes undercover to take down a network of powerful organized crime syndicates.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    88%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Violence
5 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Amazing fights, brutal violence in undercover cop tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Raid 2 is the sequel to the ultra-violent Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption, following the same lead character, who's now an undercover cop instead of a rookie. Violence is very strong, with many highly skilled martial arts scenes, but also lots of shooting, stabbing, slicing, blood, gore, and death. There's also an extended car chase with crashes. One scene takes place in a warehouse where porn videos are made, with a topless woman and some intense sex talk. Language includes frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," and other words in the subtitles. Many of the gangster characters drink and smoke socially in clubs and in meetings, though no one is shown to be drunk. Since the movie is subtitled and runs 150 minutes, it's for hardcore action fans only.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Raid 2's violence. Is it possible to showcase martial arts skill without a great deal of blood and gore? How would that have made this movie different? How does the impact of the violence in a movie like this one compare to what you might see in a horror movie?
  • Could this movie have been as interesting without the references to sex, smoking, and alcohol? How necessary were those things to the plot?
  • What is the appeal of the "undercover cop" subgenre? What's at stake for the character?
  • Is The Raid 2 a good demonstration of martial arts? Is it used for self-defense or for unleashing violence?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    88%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Two and-a-half hours may seem like a lot for an Indonesian crime saga, but "The Raid 2" has a sweeping scope that justifies its running time. And it will knock you out.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, April 11, 2014

Fresh: If The Raid 2: Berandal doesn't end up as the most violent movie to hit screens in 2014, it won't be for lack of trying.

- Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail, Friday, April 11, 2014

Fresh: This is an absurdly violent film, but it's too in love with the physical genius of its actors to really feel sadistic.

- Alex Pappademas, Grantland, Thursday, April 3, 2014

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The critically-acclaimed and wildly popular foreign film, "The Raid" was a massive success -- critically acclaimed and wildly popular amongst many moviegoers both American or non-American. So why not make a sequel? Who didn't see this coming? You know, I'm surprised to say it myself, but I was not a fan of the first iteration; for a film that was almost 90% action, the fight choreography was not inventive and extremely repetitive. Well, with a sequel now out receiving huge rave once again, I had to give this soon-to-be trilogy a second chance. Now one would immediately think that before seeing "The Raid 2", they'd have to watch its predecessor. You're absolutely wrong. The only snippet of story the first iteration has is the beginning 10 minutes of the film. The rest is a knuckle-bashing frenzy. So for a film that is positively reviewed despite being a senseless action flick, one would probably think the sequel wouldn't take any risks and emulate the same formula. What ain't broke, don't fix, am I right? But I'm proud to say that "The Raid 2" not only takes a huge gamble to attempt to portray a compelling crime drama coupled with mixed martial arts action, but it succeeds in doing so. "The Raid 2" is almost a completely different film to its earlier iteration and it's all for the better. For instance, the cinematography -- its gorgeous, done with purpose, and expertly shot. In times of silence and even in times of lightning fast flurries of kicks, elbows, and punches, the film is stunning to look at. Perhaps the greatest change though is how the entire film caters to its core story of deception and violence. Before? Pff, I wouldn't even be able to tell you the story of the first cause there was hardly ever one. Here, the story works which then is followed up with what everyone's looking forward to -- the martial arts action. It truly delivers especially because the story's tension elevates it to such greater heights than its predecessor ever did. Is there as much action as the first? No, but quality is better than quantity, and boy it's like eating a filet mignon here instead of a cheap steak from Denny's. The fighting choreography still remains somewhat the same from the first but because of the narrative and the camerawork, it carries much more weight and better pacing. "The Raid 2" was world's better than the first. From the arresting story, to the beautiful camerawork, to the action, I thoroughly enjoyed my time. No longer will this soon-to-be trilogy continue on to be a mindless action franchise. It's won me over.

- fb1463751009, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2 stars

Review coming to themoviefreakblog.com

- spielberg00, Friday, August 1, 2014

5 stars

It's The Dark Knight of action movies. A bloody action movie masterpiece of the finest kind. It's truly one of the greatest action movies ever made. It's sensational poetry in motion that is both visually gorgeous and exquisitely brutal. Director, Gareth Evans truly evolves his classic film with a more complex and in-depth story which feels like The Departed with martial arts. The action sequences are beyond incredible, its hard to choose which one which your favorite when each each scene topples the other. A bloody instant classic that's unrelenting and jaw-dropping. A spectacular and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat action-packed thriller that takes no prisoners and knocks you out of the park. A wickedly entertaining roller-coaster ride. A full-throttle must-see movie. Iko Rama is absolutely tremendous, he gives a strong performance and brings dazzling action scenes to the screen, he is one of the best finds in the action business since Tony Jaa. Its a true ballet of mayhem that's brilliant, riveting and devastating. A dazzling crime-saga that's shocking and mind-blowing.

- allan913, Monday, July 14, 2014