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Parents' Guide to

The Raid 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Amazing fights, brutal violence in undercover cop tale.

Movie R 2014 150 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Most violent movie ever made!!! Hollywood copied from it!!!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

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 with hammers uses the claws to stab and shred opponents. Language 7/10. Frequent strong language. Sex 5/10. Brief scene with a prostitute wearing a strap-on. Breasts shown.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

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