The Raid 2

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Amazing fights, brutal violence in undercover cop tale.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 150 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The main character gets into fight after fight and battle after battle, beats up many men, kills a few, and destroys lots of property, with no real consequences. He does this, apparently, to protect his wife and child, but that's about it. He doesn't learn anything.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Star Iko Uwais is something of a role model, given his martial arts skills; he could inspire kids to join or continue in martial arts classes. But his character is an undercover cop who engages in endlessly violent behavior with nothing learned and no consequences.

Violence

The movie is filled with incredibly strong martial arts violence and fighting. Guns are occasionally used, blades are used to stab people, bones are broken, and plenty of blood is spilled. Several major secondary characters die. A woman uses two hammers to beat up several people in a train car, with gory results. A man's face is burned on a grill. There's a car chase with crashing and people thrown from cars.

Sex

One scene takes place in a warehouse where porn videos are made. A woman emerges from behind a curtain. She's topless and wearing a sex toy. It's suggested that she's been performing a "scene" behind the curtain and that a man is still back there. The woman complains about the man's "performance." In another scene, a man is asked to strip to prove he's not wearing a wire. Nothing sensitive is shown.

Language

In subtitles, characters frequently use words including "f--k," "s--t," "prick," and "jerk."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes take place in clubs or in meetings, where the various gangsters are shown socially smoking or with cocktails. No one gets drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Raid 2 is the sequel to the ultra-violent Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption, following the same lead character, who's now an undercover cop instead of a rookie. Violence is very strong, with many highly skilled martial arts scenes, but also lots of shooting, stabbing, slicing, blood, gore, and death. There's also an extended car chase with crashes. One scene takes place in a warehouse where porn videos are made, with a topless woman and some intense sex talk. Language includes frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," and other words in the subtitles. Many of the gangster characters drink and smoke socially in clubs and in meetings, though no one is shown to be drunk. Since the movie is subtitled and runs 150 minutes, it's for hardcore action fans only.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byBobby G. February 1, 2020

One of the most brutal films ever made

Violence 10/10. Blood splatters during knife fights, brutal fistfights, and shootouts. A head is seen being ripped in two, skulls get smashed, shot off. A woman... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 7, 2019

WOW!

Straight up, WOW. That is the word I would use to describe this movie. The choreography is insane, the story is interesting, AND IKO UWAIS IS JUST SO BADASS!!!!... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 March 17, 2016

Bigger is better for this movie.

The Raid 2: Berandal or just The Raid 2 is simply better than the first. The actors did a great job, with Julie Estelle and Very Tri Yulisman being new badass a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Just moments after the end of The Raid: Redemption, rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) is asked to go undercover in prison and befriend Uco (Arifin Putra), the son of the boss of the biggest crime family in Indonesia. So Rama saves Uco from a potential assassination, and, upon their release, he finds himself working for the feared, respected gangster Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo). Unfortunately, the volatile Uco wants to move up in the ranks and grows impatient with his father's caution. So he teams up with a rival family and plans a hostile takeover, which involves the murder of a trusted associate. Of course, everything goes haywire, and Rama finds himself in the battle of his life, fighting deadly killers from all over the city.

Is it any good?

So many scenes in THE RAID 2 are worthy of applause and gratitude -- not just for being watchable, but for being incredibly inventive and potent (as well as incredibly violent, of course). Miraculously, Welsh-born director Gareth Evans seems to be the first filmmaker in ages who knows how to choreograph and shoot a martial arts fight scene, emphasizing movement, space, and clarity rather than turning in a cluttered jumble of shaky, quickly cut mush.

Star Uwais has skill and charisma, though it's probably too soon to proclaim him the next Bruce Lee. A few of the other actors also stand out, notably the "Hammer Girl" and "Baseball Bat Man" characters, who seem imported from some lost Quentin Tarantino film. But for the most part, The Raid 2 is a very standard undercover cop story; it's incredibly convoluted, though every twist and turn is something you've seen before. In many ways, this sequel is an improvement over The Raid: Redemption, except for that film's welcome simplicity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Raid 2's violence. Is it possible to showcase martial arts skill without a great deal of blood and gore? How would that have made this movie different? How does the impact of the violence in a movie like this one compare to what you might see in a horror movie?

  • Could this movie have been as interesting without the references to sex, smoking, and alcohol? How necessary were those things to the plot?

  • What is the appeal of the "undercover cop" subgenre? What's at stake for the character?

  • Is The Raid 2 a good demonstration of martial arts? Is it used for self-defense or for unleashing violence?

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