The Raid 2

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British director-writer-editor Gareth Evans’s intoxicating sequel to The Raid Discuss this article

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Delirium awaits action fans with British director-writer-editor Gareth Evans’s intoxicating sequel to 2011’s The Raid – another Indonesian gangster film that alternates sequences of ground-breaking (and bone breaking) combat with scenes of the most boring conference meetings imaginable. Almost laughably, there’s a plot here, mainly unrelated to the first film, involving a cop gone undercover (Iko Uwais), a gangster’s showboating son (Arifin Putra) and a limping criminal overlord (Alex Abbad). Evans can’t pull off a simple conversation to save his life, and his unnecessarily complex The Departed-style set-up reveals a desperation to be taken seriously.

He should rest easy: no other filmmaker on the planet can touch Evans for long-take beatdowns and wildly inventive flourishes that call to mind Jackie Chan’s heyday with 1992’s Supercop and little since. That’s accomplishment enough. You’ll hear your crowd’s first wave of stunned applause after a muddy prison-yard showdown that results in a sizeable diminishment of the inmate population.

Occasionally, Evans tries to mix up his tone; he’s still working on that. There’s exactly one joke in the entire two-and-a-half-hour epic, when a henchman whose weapon of choice is a baseball bat hits a few balls with fatal precision. Expecting strong female characters is a fool’s errand, and the only nod in that direction is a hammer-wielding angel of death (and, less prominently, some karaoke girls). Regardless, only viewers with zero appreciation for the genre will leave unimpressed; devotees should add approximately six stars to the rating above.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

The Raid 2

  • Duration: 150
  • Released: Thu, 12 Jun
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English,Indonesian
  • Director: Gareth Evans
  • Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra

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