Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Director: Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Cast: Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

     
 

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Gareth Evans returns to the director's chair along with his former leading man Iko Uwais for The Raid 2, which follows officer Rama (Uwais) as he is tasked with bringing down a nefarious and powerful criminal by going undercover and befriending the gangster's son, who is currently behind bars. Later, Rama's quest leads him straight

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Gareth Evans returns to the director's chair along with his former leading man Iko Uwais for The Raid 2, which follows officer Rama (Uwais) as he is tasked with bringing down a nefarious and powerful criminal by going undercover and befriending the gangster's son, who is currently behind bars. Later, Rama's quest leads him straight to the corrupt politicians and vicious crime lords who have taken over his city. The Raid 2 screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The first image we see in The Raid 2 is that of an open field. Slowly, our eyes are drawn to a shallow grave in the middle of a lonely dirt road. It seems a fitting opening scene for a sequel that expands the scope of its lean and mean predecessor in ways that most fans could never have anticipated, but in which there's still plenty of death for everyone. As deliciously complex as The Raid was exquisitely simple, Gareth Evans' sweeping follow-up is irrefutable proof that if he's not the best action filmmaker of the early 21st century, he's worthy of fighting for the number-one spot. Loyalties are tested and betrayals abound in this masterfully structured crime drama that's brimming with colorful characters. But make no mistake, every time the action explodes, you'll have to run to the back of the theater to retrieve your butt. Meanwhile, poor Rama's wife and son just can't seem to get an even break. As the film opens, we learn that Rama (Iko Uwais) has captured the attention of some pretty powerful people due to his heroics in a crime-infested tenement building in the first movie. His family is now in danger, and the only way he can save them is by going undercover and exposing the corruption that plagues the police force. His first stop is prison, where he assumes the name Yuda and becomes an indispensible ally to Uco (Arifin Putra), the volatile son of notorious crime boss Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo). Later, when Rama is released, he not only becomes Uco's right-hand man but a trusted foot soldier in Bangun's formidable underworld army. Yet trouble is brewing: Rising crime lord Bejo (Alex Abbad) is eager to make a move that will establish him as the region's next big player, and Uco is growing frustrated by his father's reluctance to give him the responsibility that will allow him to rise to power. With a labyrinthine plot that links directly back to the first film, and an assortment of shady characters who each have distinctive traits all their own, it would be easy to go on for pages exploring the many intricacies of Evans' meticulously detailed screenplay; but the point of the story is to become immersed in a world where the honor of the old gangsters is being eclipsed by the ambition of their young counterparts, and taken out of context, those details lose a bit of their vividness. For the sake of brevity, let's just say that there are numerous betrayals in The Raid 2, and that Evans' ability to maintain the tension as it all pans out is second only to his ability to craft a mean fight scene. Of course, we got more than a glimpse of that latter talent in the previous installment, but here it's Evans' willingness to challenge himself on both fronts that yields drama worthy of The Godfather (an obvious influence) and action reminiscent of John Woo in his glory days. So while the action isn't as nonstop as it was in the first film, it's equally brutal and packs more of a punch given the dramatic context. Likewise, Evans never forgets the impact of style: With seemingly impossible camera angles and shots that find beauty in the simplicity of a spinning coin, The Raid 2 is pulsing with cinematic vitality in a way that makes other action flicks look flat by comparison. In short, Evans' passion for his craft comes through in each and every frame, a factor that can even make a horrifically violent movie like this one easy to fall in love with. Then there's Iko Uwais. If there's any justice in the film world, Uwais will soon be one of the biggest stars in action cinema. Likeable in a way that can rouse an audience to their feet, and lightning fast when the moment calls for it, Uwais makes his character's plight believable while dazzling us with moves that push the limits of human dexterity. And he's challenged by a number of lethal adversaries, each one of them capable of inflicting their own unique brand of damage. From the karambit-wielding Assassin (Cecep Arif Rahman) to the lethal Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman) and his mysterious sister Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle), there's no shortage of inventive foes here. Plus, fans of the first film's ferocious Mad Dog will be happy to see actor Yayan Ruhian return in an altogether different role that, while unusually brief, still manages to make an impact. Thanks to The Raid, we already knew that Evans was capable of delivering visceral thrills. Now, much like this sequel, the scope has been expanded. And so have the standards of what to expect when we walk into an action film.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2014
UPC:
0043396441996
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:30:00
Sales rank:
19,762

Special Features

Director commentary; The next chapter: shooting a sequel; Q&A with Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and Joe Trapanese; ; Blu-ray Exclusives: ; Gang war deleted scene; Ready for a fight: on location; A violent ballet: the choreography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Iko Uwais Rama
Arifin Putra Uco
Oka Antara Eka
Tio Pakusadewo Bangun
Alex Abbad Bejo
Julie Estelle Hammer Girl
Ryuhei Matsuda Ryuichi
Kenichi Endo Goto
Kazuki Kitamura Ryuichi
Yayan Ruhian Prakoso
Cok Simbara Bunawar
Cecep Arif Rahman The Assassin
Very Tri Yulisman Baseball Bat Man
Roy Marten Reza
Epy Kusnandar Topan
Zack Lee Benny
Deddy Sutomo Mediator
Marsha Timothy DWI
Doni Alamsyah Andi
Mike Lucock Jhonny
Hengky Solaiman Father
Haryadi Anwar Prison Warden
Pong Hardjatmo Commissioner
Aditya Antika Joanna
Patria Sandya Mustika Karaoke Girl #2
Tegar Satrya Bowo
Fikha Efendi Isa
Thomas Nawilis Accountant
Mulyadi Marlon Bunawar's Men
Hari Pratama Lubis Bunawar's Men,Stand in for Alex Abbad
Ardani Police Precinct Cop #1
Ferouz Ahmad Fero Police Precinct Cop #2
Warsono Police Precinct Cop #3
Simon Pitta Police Precinct Cop #4
Raffa Putra R. Angga
Thahir Alrafi M. Baby Angga
Kenny Mayang Sari Receptionist
Nabil Alata Bangun's Men
Makmur Effendi Bangun's Men
M. Bagus Bangun's Men
Suradi Tanadi Goto's Men
M. Heny Sulaeman Dadit
Nancy Gratia Cycling Dildo Girl
Ardi Joki
Herlina Junkie 1
M. Rizky Junkie 2
Cheppy Haryadi EKA Guard
Aira Sondang EKA Guard
Raja Khalid Security
Edi Tambudho Prakoso's Target
Dicky Syahputra Baseball Bat Man's Target
Thamrin Sutra Informant
Ferdian Ariyadi Sugar Cane Target
Saifan Nur Taxi Driver
Kusyantono Windscreen Guy
Adi Ariyono Driver
M. Anom Perkasa Shooter
Kristian Agung Safaringga Car Fighter
Yolla Primadona Jampil Car Fighter
Zuli Silawanto Car Fighter
Asep Haerudin Parked Car Man
Fihrin Jerry Forensics
Fajar Washroom Attendant
Harry S. Stand in for Roy Marten
Alain O. Wahyu
Bobby Stand in for Tio Pakusadewo
Cipto Damian Doyo Festival Performer
Reog Ponorogo Singo Taruno Adiguno Festival Performer

Technical Credits
Gareth Evans Director,Choreography,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Rangga Maya Barack-Evans Executive Producer
Nate Bolotin Producer
Todd Brown Executive Producer
Suhanto Fadlan Special Effects
Matt Flannery Cinematographer
Mukri Special Effects
Irwan D. Mussry Executive Producer
Al Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Andi Novianto Editor
Aria Prayogi Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Brandon Proctor Sound/Sound Designer
Yayan Ruhian Choreography
Ario Sagantoro Producer
Sugeng Sarwono Special Effects
Tomy Dwi Setyanto Art Director
Nick Spicer Executive Producer
Dimas Subhono Cinematographer
Untung Supriyana Special Effects
Aram Tertzakian Producer
Joseph Trapanese Score Composer
Sudarwanto Usman Special Effects
Iko Uwais Choreography
Fajar Yuskemal Score Composer

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The Raid 2: Berandal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
As sequels go, it was really good. And besides the fight scenes, which of course were good, you also had character development. Which is nice. While I like this, I like the first one a little better. Both are good.