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The Raid 2 (2014)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 150 min
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  • IMDb page: The Raid 2 (2014)
  • Rate: 8.8/10 total 4,944 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 150 min
  • Filming Location: Indonesia
  • Director: Gareth Evans
  • Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Aria Prayogi  Joseph Trapanese  Fajar Yuskemal   
  • Plot Keyword: Written By Director | Second Part | Sequel

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Gareth Evans 

Known Trivia

  • Gareth Evans spent 6 weeks designing the final fight. 60 of 60 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Originally, Berandal was written before The Raid: Redemption. When funding fell through for Berandal, Gareth Evans (director) decided to do a film that required a lower budget that would eventually become the first movie. 45 of 45 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • All the punches and kicks to the body of the actors were real, Iko Uwais and other fighters had to learn how to control their speed and strength so that it would look real on the camera. 34 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Berandal’s choreography was already in place before The Raid: Redemption went into pre-production, however, Gareth Evans decided to keep Berandal’s choreography for the sequel and use all new ‘silat’ (Indonesian martial arts) choreography for the first movie. 33 of 33 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Julie Estelle had zero background in martial arts and she had to learn Silat from basic for 6 months before she start shooting her fight scenes. 18 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Iko Uwais had training together with the other fighters for 6 months, so that they can meet everyday and build that mutual trust before shooting the fight scenes, so that when one of them missed, they wouldn’t want to punch back harder. 14 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to director Gareth Evans, if The Raid 2 is two hours after The Raid finished, The Raid 3 will starts three hours before The Raid 2 finishes. 14 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • When they shoot the fight scenes, shooting would have to halt Mid scene for about 20-30 minutes each time, for the make-up artist to create damage on their faces, etc, for continuity purpose. 13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Takes place 2 hours after first film ended. 13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Gareth Evans mentioned on his Twitter that they were using RED Scarlet for 95% of the shoot, Epic for slow motion, and Go Pro 3 for quick cuts during the car chase. 9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. Full summary » |  »

Story: He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on … Written bySony Pictures Classics

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Rangga Maya Barack-Evans known as executive producer
  • Nate Bolotin known as producer
  • Todd Brown known as executive producer
  • Irwan D. Mussry known as executive producer
  • Ario Sagantoro known as producer
  • Nick Spicer known as executive producer
  • Aram Tertzakian known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Iko Uwais known as Rama
  • Julie Estelle known as Hammer Girl
  • Yayan Ruhian known as Prakoso
  • Donny Alamsyah known as Andi
  • Arifin Putra known as Ucok
  • Oka Antara known as Eka
  • Tio Pakusodewo known as Bangun
  • Alex Abbad known as Bejo
  • Cecep Arif Rahman known as The Assassin
  • Ryûhei Matsuda known as Keiichi
  • Ken'ichi Endô known as Goto
  • Very Tri Yulisman known as Baseball Bat Man
  • Marsha Timothy
  • Epy Kusnandar known as Topan
  • Cok Simbara known as Bunawar

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kumalasari Tanara known as makeup artist

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Pt. Merantau Films
  • XYZ Films

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • FotoKem  digital intermediate
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Prodigihouse  post-production

Distributors:

  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical) (as eOne Films Canada)
  • H.G.C. Entertainment (2013) (China) (theatrical)
  • Koch Media (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Korea Screen (2013) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Le Pacte (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2014) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) (2013) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Stage 6 Films (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Wild Side Films (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2014) (Finland) (all media)
  • Madman Entertainment (2013) (Australia) (all media)
  • Movies Inspired (2013) (Italy) (all media)
  • XYZ Films (2012) (worldwide) (all media)

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Other Stuff

MPAA: Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Haider-kazmee from United States
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Okay so where do I begin I saw the first one and It blew me away. Iwatch so many movies no matter the genre. So while I was watching thissequel my heart was beating very fast and the adrenaline was pumping.It takes place 2 hours after where the first one ended. Swear to godevery time there was a fight on I felt it and I kept shaking. The scenethat had me pumped was the train scene and the prison fight. There is alot of martial artist involved in this film which makes me love it evenmore because they use real stunt men and this movie just requiresskill. This is by far the best action movie sequel ever produced and Ihope it gets noticed by everyone around the world. If you love actionmovies and would love to turn your brain off for a moment then this isyour candy. My favorite action movie ever, sorry Bruce Lee. 10/10 MUSTSEE!

  2. Crazyeddie1232000 from United States
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Being said, this is the Sundance Edition; extremely brutal and uncutviolence. It was amazing to hear how the editing had just finished (onSunday) only a couple days before the first screening (on Tuesday)forSundance. The level of expectations of surpassing the Raid: Redemptionwill not disappoint any action junkies. A barrage of set-actionsequences from a muddy prison (uncontrollable chaos) to several peoplebeing decimate with the use of a baseball bat and a pair of clawhammers (with close-up gore that can only rival horror movies), afantastic car chase that might have been the one of the very bestchoreographed sequence in recent memory and a final fight scene thatwill leave you breathless from its intensity and insanity.

    The plot is of a familiar "storyline", yet there are somber momentsfrom a few characters that help drive the emotional aspect (especiallyfrom the main character's quiet reconnection with his family). It doesfeel a bit choppy in certain scenes but, for a 2 1/2 hr movie, itreally does fly on by.

    The final fight scene completely out-shined the first Raid. Quitehonestly, it really was an edge-of-your-seat moment. As the directorexplains his reason of making such a movie during a Q&A, (paraphrasing)"I wanted to make a movie that I wanted to see and hopefully there'llbe several hundred people who will enjoy it too."

  3. satan44 from Copenhagen, Denmark
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This sequel is better in every conceivable way.

    The action might take up a little less screen time percentage wise, butis more brutal (way more), even better choreographed, varied andmemorable. I think this movie has the greatest overall collection offight scenes in the history of action cinema, and a fantastic car chasetoo. Obviously I haven't seen every movie in existence, but I havenever seen anything with such a collection of incredibly well done andbrutal fights.

    Characters have depth to them, even if on a comic book level, and arewell cast and well played. Story is fairly intelligent, and more thanservices the action.

    Everything else; filming, editing, sound design, stunts, specialeffects are stellar. There are quite a few "how the hell did they dothat?!?" moments.

  4. nick-sultana from Sydney, Australia
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of 'The Raid 2' inSydney last night, it was a big crowd for a small event with everyoneexcited for the film to begin. I can honestly say that myself, myfriend who tagged along and the audience were very very entertained!

    The plot continues 2 hours after the events of the first film, itplaces our hero into another intense mission to stop the baddies bygoing undercover for a special unit and blending in with the mob who'son the verge of war with their rivals. All I can say that follows is aorgy of brutal, bloody and intense arm-breaking, leg-snapping, hammerstomping, bat swinging, blade slashing, head blowing, bullet-loaded andarse kicking violence in a dash of Tarantino and Scorsese story-tellingin its plot. The choreographed fights are all intense and realisticwith the climatic showdown towards the last half hour of the film beingthe best sequences filmed on camera.

    Overall, its a bloody amazing film to be released in 2014 and its adefinite return for the genre too! I'm definitely keen to see thisagain when its out officially later this week!

  5. Bollywood-Buttsquirts from Khuzdar Residentual Area
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    What is the most resilient parasite? An Idea! Yes, Evans has createdsomething with his unbelievably, incredibly and god- gifted mind whichwill blow the minds of the audience away. The world premiere of themovie, directed by Hollywood's most inventive dreamers, was shown inLondon and has already got top notch reviews worldwide and has scoredmaximum points! Now the question arises what the movie has that itdeserve all this? Not many think that this movie could achieve thestatus the previous one achieved but mark my words, it will providedouble entertainment as the previous one.. Sure its ending is also notup to the mark as the previous one but Iko Uwais is the star his actionsequences, his comic timing and his one liners are so brilliant that umight tempt to give an Oscar to him right away! We may never seemartial arts films quite like these again, and that's fine. Evans hadsomething special to say with his time in the trenches, and he's endedon his own terms. To conclude, I would just say before your life ends,do yourself a favor by experiencing this exceptionally lucid classiccreated by Evans!

    Final Ruling: 10/10

  6. TheIneffable from United States
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    ((From: http://thinmanmoviereviews.wordpress.com/)) In 2011, Welshdirector Gareth Evans gave us "The Raid: Redemption" – one of the bestpure action films of the last decade – and hinted at his potential tobe a new and exciting presence in the writer/director realm. The actionwas hard-hitting, lightning fast, supporting a simple, contained storyof one man fighting against an entire tower of enemies in a way thatwas reminiscent of classics like "Die Hard". Well, if "The Raid" wasone of the best action films of the last ten years, Evans' follow-upfilm "The Raid 2″ has now set the standard for the next twenty. Infact, I'm going to make a bold statement that you can feel free toquote me on:

    "The Raid 2″ is the best action movie ever made.

    Where sequels are concerned, this film does absolutely everythingright. It takes the frenetic energy of the original, contained withinthe twenty-story drug den in which it took place, and lets it looseacross the urban sprawl of an entire city teeming with warring crimesyndicates, corrupt police officers, and the civilians often caught inthe crossfire. No longer contained to just one address, the fightscenes in "Raid 2″ cover car chases, cramped subway trains, muddyprison yards, night clubs, and city streets, and every action set piecehits all the right notes. Every punch thrown and bullet fired is madeeven more effective by the fact that all of the action is donepractically. In an era where so much of the action that we see onscreen is dominated by the CGI-centric explosion extravaganzas ofMichael Bay and the like it's incredibly refreshing to see highlytrained stunt professionals being pushed to their limits to deliver acollection of the best action scenes in modern memory. Much of thiswork is shouldered by the film's lead, Indonesian-born Iko Uwais, thereturning star of the first "Raid". Uwais is reminiscent of a youngerJet Li or – dare I say it – Bruce Lee; moving with such self-assuredspeed and practiced precision that every move deserves multiple looksto take in all the details. The comparison to Lee is bolstered by "TheRaid 2″'s finale, which plays out like the final gatecrashing act of"Game of Death", in which our hero has to slug his way throughopponents of increasing lethality. Unlike "Game of Death", "The Raid 2″lets us see our villains in action almost as often as our hero, andit's a credit to Evans as writer/director that each of these charactersis absolutely dripping with charisma and cool. There are no wastedcharacters here; we love every hero and love to hate every villain.

    The script is, with few exceptions, always on-point. What could havesimply been a straight-forward action flick with minimal plot to carryus from one action set-piece to another is instead a mad whirlwind ofconspiracy, murder, and double and triple-crosses, steadily ratchetingup the tension to the film's explosive conclusion. From a technicalstandpoint, the impressive cinematography matches the actionstride-for- stride and, looking back, there are a dizzying number ofwildly choreographed long-takes that put every nuance of theenvironment, characters, and action on display. Combine this with apulse-pounding soundtrack and some absolutely superb practical makeupeffects accompanying every injury, no matter how small, and "The Raid2″ is the complete package. With a third film already in the works,making this a trilogy, Hollywood has been put on notice: Gareth Evanshas arrived; he's just dramatically changed the landscape of actionfilms and shows no signs of pulling any punches. [10/10]

  7. ebossert from United States
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) (Indonesian Action).

    Viewed on March 28th at the Regal E-Walk cinema in the heart of NewYork City.

    After surviving the apartment building raid, Iko Uwais goes undercoverto take down an Indonesian crime syndicate that is feuding with aninvasive Japanese yakuza clan in Jakarta. Things get out of control andeverything goes to hell. That's the plot in a nutshell.

    The fighting is the main draw of this film. Martial arts films arefrequently under-appreciated because critics tend to downplay theartistry of orchestrating a fight sequence. In some ways it's likestaging a complex dance with extremely difficult performances byphysical talents who have spent their entire lives perfecting theircraft. In many cases it can be even more challenging than executing agood dramatic moment. With that said, "The Raid 2" is an exquisiteballet of death with an incredible variety of expertly crafted actionsequences that have a grounded, realistic feel to them. It's hard todescribe, but despite the insane action there's very littleoutrageousness present. The choreography here is some of the best everput on film.

    There is no question that Uwais is currently the premiere martial artsstar, and there is certainly no question that Gareth Evans is thegreatest action director on the planet. This man is a genius in termsof visually expressing action through vivid, mind-blowing camera-work.This guy never directed a car chase sequence in his life, and yet hisvery first attempt is impressive. I did notice a bit more shaky cam inthis film when compared to its predecessor, but one can see everythingso it's not a problem. Evans is also a pro to create a crescendo ofaction where every fight seems to outdo the one before it. Thisgenerates an absolutely thrilling final hour that will go down inhistory.

    The gory violence of "The Raid 2" is a big "screw you" to PG-13 actionmovies. Some critics are already whining about the graphicbloodletting, but these are the same guys who hand out 90% approvalratings to movies with incompetent action and no edge – *cough* "TheHunger Games 2: Catching Fire" (2013) *cough*. The gore in "The Raid 2"isn't just randomly thrown in either. It's a logical consequence of thesituation and characters, and it is applied in very creative ways. Ihave heard that Evans was only coerced to cut a few "frames" due to theMPAA review, but I have no idea which frames those were because the nowinfamous shotgun kill is present in its full, unadulterated glory.

    The $4.5 million budget is an even bigger "screw you" to mega budgetHollywood blockbusters. "The Raid 2" has more thrilling action thanevery $100+ million superhero movie I've ever seen . . . at less than4.5% of the cost. It's almost unbelievable what these guys can do witha limited budget.

    Given the exceptional quality of the action, the 148-minute runtimeputs some pressure on the story to maintain its momentum between theviolence. The first "Raid" received much criticism that asserted ageneric story and undeveloped characters, but I felt that itnevertheless established a "feel" for the characters without the needfor long-winded exposition. That "feel" can add quite a bit to anaction film. "The Raid 2" spends more time setting up its premise,which results in some genuine plot and character development. Itattempts to do this by taking a generic gangster template and infusingit with a sprawling crime saga that implements many characters. This isessentially a "chess board" setup where numerous pieces are first putinto place, allowing for many possible confrontations. The viewer istherefore able to relish the moment when a particular piece attacks andtakes down another, revealing the actual outcome amidst the countlesspossibilities.

    I really liked some of the supporting characters in this, and actuallyfelt a bit sad when they died (even some of the villains!). I am a bitdisappointed that both "Hammer Girl" and Baseball Bat Man" are onlygiven a few scenes, but they are certainly memorable. I really likedthat brief moment where Hammer Girl picked up her hammers on the barshelf. It was slightly child-like and innocent, like she was going outto play with friends. This brief, split-second moment can communicate alot about her character.

    I suppose it helps to already be a fan of the actors and actresseshere, since there are a number of familiar faces from both Indonesianand Japanese film industries. Needless to say, the performances are topnotch. The Japanese actors have their little moments, but they couldhave been given more to do in this. Maybe "The Raid 3" will give themmore time in the spotlight.

    Overall, "The Raid 2" is a very satisfying action film that justifiesits hype after just one viewing. It's simply spectacular.

  8. Ardimo Harsa Wardhana from Jakarta, Indonesia
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I saw the advanced screening at Jakarta. The movie recently premieredin Indonesia a week before. Tried to get the invitation to the premierebut I can't get any.

    First off, the action sequence is amazingly improved upon the firstfilm. There's much variety of it, including car chase scenes, gun wars,and also the fight scenes. The scenes pace is very, very fast, like thefirst film. I was thrilled and finally ended up gasping every time theaction scene ends.

    Next, the story. I could say that the first film's story is a bit toosimplistic (the director said that the first film is "an exercise"before he did this). The Raid 2, well, is giving us a much largerstory. It's the "your regular gang wars" story. Maybe with a bit twist.But it is a huge improvement over the first film.

    The characters in the film itself has their own background. They couldeven make a lot of spin off based of its characters. What interests meis the Baseball Bat Guy and Hammergirl's background.

    Overall, this is a must watch. Maybe there's a bit of letdown with thepace at the beginning of the film. But it all pays off with all theaction scenes.

    And Gareth, I'll wait for the third film!

  9. Arindra Arindra from Indonesia
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Luckily I got a special screening invitation for The Raid 2 yesterday.This is the first time The Raid 2 screened in Indonesia.

    At beginning, the movie is a little bit slow and you might get confusedif you haven't watched the first movie. But, when the fighting beginsyou wouldn't have the time to leave your seat. After every fightingscene, many audiences clap their hands with satisfaction in thetheater.

    Every fighting scene in this movie is an ART. The prison fight, thetrain fight, the car chase, and the kitchen fight are all great andmemorable. Thus, this movie should become a reference for any actionmovie in the future. I think this is the movie with the best fightingscenes, ever.

    If the first movie is a great action movie, then the sequel has a morecomplicated story and deeper character development. There are also someemotional moments from the main character. Especially, I think ArifinPutra's acting were quite good, he deserves nomination for bestsupporting actor.

    Simply put, this movie is VERY RECOMMENDED (10/10)

  10. jonathan-feliciano1 from New York, NY
    31 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I had the opportunity to watch this movie at a special screening withdirector Gareth Evans, and actor Iko Uwais.

    I am a fan of The Raid: Redemption. It was one of my favorite actionfilms of all time. The gritty realism, the subtle story and fleshed outcharacters (by action movie standards at the very least). It was thebest action movie I saw in 2011.

    I can gladly say that the sequel is in my opinion better than theoriginal (although the original is still amazing in my book). Theaction of course is bigger and more intricate. The Direction isbeautifully done, the fight scenes are very tense and brutal themovements of the camera and the viewing angles used are dynamic. Theset pieces were very varied. Where the original was confined to anapartment complex, the sequel has varied locations around Jakarta andthe environments for the fights keep the action feeling fresh throughout.

    I am also glad that the story was bulked up in this entry as well. Manyaction movies make the mistake of allowing the action to completelytake over the movie throwing the story out of the window. The Raid 2 isnot one of those, the story here is way more complex than the original.I can already foresee people complaining about the story beingunnecessarily complicated. Although I would disagree, sure the moviethrows a lot of names at the viewer however I felt confident of myunderstanding of the story which I would like to avoid talking about inmy review to avoid spoilers. I enjoyed the story I felt invested inRama and Ucok was a very interesting character as well.

    I would just like to urge any fans of the original or any fans ofaction movies in general to please go see this movie. I feel that inthis age of cookie cutter Hollywood movies that this is a breath ofinspired fresh air. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to thismovie I do not think you will regret it. I would also like to expressmy support of both Gareth Evans and actor Iko Uwais The Raid and nowthe sequel are two of the best action movies I have ever seen I hopetheir partnership continues and they get to bring the world many moreamazing movies. Thank you!

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