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Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Raid 2 Movie Review (2014)
The Good: Action, action, and even more action galore. The jaw dropping action will have you glued to the screen the entire time. The fight scenes look so authentic, that you may question whether they even use stuntmen or special affects. There is also a lot more blood and gore compared to the previous film, The Raid. This time around we're given a few more special characters that will certainly peek your interest. (Hammer Girl, Bat boy, etc) Lastly, there are some great and unique camera angles that director Gareth Evans shoots masterfully.
The Bad: In the previous film, the story line was kept very basic with minor twists. The plot does expand and go much deeper, however it simply gets over shadowed by the great fight scenes. There are some foreign concepts that may get "lost in translation" when it comes to an American audience watching a foreign based themes. Finally, the length of this film is rather long for an action film. (2.5 hrs) While the action more than makes up for it, the extra plot details could have been condensed a bit more to help the movie not drag in many parts.
The Reason: This movie, I believe managed to surpass its predecessor by far. The action is memorable and exhilarating to watch. It finally gives action lovers what they want in a martial arts based film. I would definitely recommend this as a great rental. If you're interested in the story line, then you may have to watch the The Raid part 1 only because the events take place right after. Besides that, I'm positive many will enjoy this film.
The Rating: 9/10