"THE RAID 2: BERANDAL" #7 TOP INDIE FILM 2014
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
It’s a visually stunning, extremely agile and highly inventive ultraviolent action film that doesn’t let up from start to finish. “The Raid 2: Berandal” is a rarity in filmmaking, a rarity because it’s more of an experience rather than just a movie.
Watching the stylized ultra-fast choreography in this film is a sight to behold in and of itself but what’s especially impressive is the impossibly fluid cutting edge camera work. It’s able to keep up with the lightning fast action sequences and even presents them at almost impossible angles that leave you dumfounded at the edge of your seat—with no spatial disorientation mind you. Which begs the question, how did they do it? Or most importantly, why can’t Hollywood make something remotely as good or ingenious as The Raid 2 with all the money in the world at their disposal? I guess we’ll never know.
THE RAID 2: BERANDAL - TRAILER
Having said that, this film has exceed all expectations as it’s able to match or even surpass its predecessor which at the time of its release has raised the bar so high in action adventure films that many thought that it would be impossible to match, much less improve on. Amazingly, The Raid 2 did just that by providing a slightly non-linear approach to its storyline, an even nimbler, much cleaner choreography and breathtakingly more dynamic camera work. Throw in some unconventional weapons in the already volatile mix for good measure and the scenes just explode right before your very eyes.
After watching The Raid 1 and especially The Raid 2, you’ll never see action films the same way ever again. Watch any martial arts film out there, even those highly regarded ones in Hollywood and they simply won’t compare. You’ll surely find them slower, sloppier and less innovative every single time. And it’s not even close; the difference is like night and day. You don’t believe me? Watch the restaurant or car chase scene in this relentless actioner and you’ll be floored. These scenes alone are worth the price of admission.
THE RAID 2: BERANDAL - BEST SCENE
The Raid 2 is as visceral as it gets and it lingers in your consciousness long after you’ve seen it. I can even feel my adrenaline pumping just by writing about it—like I feel the need to punch something or someone till my fists bleed and get broken.
Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie cop from Jakarta thought his mission was over when he clawed, punched and fought his way out of an abandoned building full of gangsters and henchmen. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg and that the gangsters are just pawns in an intricately extensive criminal underworld. His triumph over them has attracted the attention of the big players in the business. With his family in danger, Rama decides to go undercover to infiltrate the belly of ‘the beast’ and operate from there. It’s an almost impossible mission; suicidal even but he has no choice. In order to topple down the criminal enterprise, he needs to be one of them and slowly but surely climb his way up the brutal ladder to decapitate the head of the snake once and for all.