I love when martial art films hit the theaters. It’s a rare occasion nowadays but with the exception of a few *cough* Man With The Iron Fists *cough*, I always get my money’s worth and last week was no exception.
The Raid: Redemption hit the theaters in 2011 and introduced millions of non-martial art buffs to the Indonesian martial art Penkak Silat. Throw in a ton of violence * and you know how much I love martial arts and violence * and you have a film that grossed about $15 mil, which is good in Indonesia since there aren’t that many theaters there.
Last week, I had a chance to sit down and watch the long awaited sequel and boy was I blown away. You wanna talk about violence? Sheez…
The film picks up where the last one left off, with Rama and Bowo taking Wahyu into custody. Thinking it is over, Rama finds himself caught up in another operation that requires him to be arrested while undercover. But after he finds out that his brother was killed by Bejo, a new villain, Rama cooperates to avenge him.
The goal is to bring down the corrupt police commission Reza for his backdealing with gang family leaders Bangun and Goto. To do that, Rama must get close to Uco, the son of Bangun. After earning Uco’s trust and spot into the Bangun crew, Rama soon learns that Uco and Bejo are working together to rule the streets of Jarkata.
There are several new characters that are interesting. Like her….
And… wait. Is that Mad Dog? But how? 😉
This film is nothing short of violent, violent and more violent. Not saying the story isn’t good at all but half of the time you probably won’t even care because of all of the beatings, killings and shooting going on. The choreography is just as good as the first film, maybe even better.
Now, the movie is bit long but not to worry. All of the violence and butt kicking should keep you from nodding off in the theaters.
I rate this movie 8/10, which means it’s worth the $12 or whatever it costs in your neck of the woods. If you are a martial arts fan then PLEASE see this film. You won’t be disappointed. In the meantime, here’s the trailer 🙂