NZ DVD/Blu-Ray Release: 14th August 2014.
The Raid 2: Berandal sees Iko Uwais reprise his role as Rama- the rookie Jakarta cop who littered the halls with the broken bodies of gangsters during The Raid: Redemption in 2011. After fighting his way out of the rundown building filled with ruthless thugs and deranged folk, Rama was under the impression that he could go back to living a quiet life with his wife and kid. LOLNOPE.
Director Gareth Evans’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Raid manages recapture the adrenalin that made the initial film so good while doing its damned hardest to be even more brutal and pain-cringe-inducing than its predecessor. Rama’s opponents from the first raid were crazy, but they’re nothing compared to what’s in store for him. His actions in the first film means he’s attracted the attention of those at the top of the criminal foodchain putting his life, and more importantly to him, the lives of his wife and son at risk.
Forced to go undercover and basically fight his way through the hierarchy of competing forces in order to incover the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap, Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.”
We’re introduced to some rather delightful* characters along the way, and of course the fight scenes are epic- beautifully gruesome and tightly choreographed and just so, so, epic. Sure the runtime is a bit of a killer, heh, and the film could have done with a bit of a condensing as a result, but I wouldn’t trade in any of the fight scenes for anything.
Seriously though, check out this teaser trailer:
FOUR out of FIVE Pained Silent LOLs