The Raid 2

 
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Amazing fights, brutal violence in undercover cop tale.
  • Review Date: April 17, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 150 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 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...).

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 28, 2014
DVD release date:July 8, 2014
Cast:Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo
Director:Gareth Evans
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:150 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language

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Teen, 16 years old Written byStevie111 April 25, 2014
 

A little long, but pretty good

I was a huge fan of the first one and this one is just as good. However, it is a lot longer and there is much more story. The first one was mainly just shoot em up and killing, this has more story, and well worth hitting the last showing of it from 930 to midnight.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bydarthsitkur June 15, 2014
 

the king of all action films

This has more hardcore action, extreme gore, and raw thrills than anything else out there, and it's also in the vein of sleeping dogs since they're both about undercover cops, so bonus points for the nod to sleeping dogs, the raid 2 is the best action movie EVER, along with the raid: redemption of course ;-), at first I thought the expendables 1 and 2 were the best action films I ever watched but now the raid 1 and 2 took that title, keep up the great work and creativity gareth, you're awesome :-)
Teen, 14 years old Written byDylanRTwinHills March 30, 2015
 

Extremely Violent and Bloody Martial Arts Film that looks Amazing

I'm not really into Martial Arts kinds of movies, but I have to say I loved this one. It takes place after the first movie, and has similarly styled action sequences, but besides that, these movies are very different. Even though the story to this movie isn't that intriguing(even though the first Raid had almost no story at all), the insane fight sequences make up for it. Not to mention that almost every shot in the movie looks like a piece of art. You should also know that this film is incredibly violent, and bloody, and tons of people die in practicly every scene. I thought the movie was a little too brutal, and I think many others feel the same. Another thing you should know if you're not familiar with these kinds of movies, the fight sequences are super long, and it takes forever for the villain to die. All in All, I enjoyed this movie (even though it was a little tiring) and I reccommend it to all big Action fans.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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