First of all I just want to start of this post by saying this film is absolutely undoubtedly mind blowingly fu%#en epic! The director is God like, the main Actor is extremely talented. If you have not already seen this movie I urge you to watch it but I warn you it is not for the faint hearted. The fight scenes are really gory and with clever use of close ups and camera angles you really get a feel for the damage each blow would do. The story line picks up right right where the first movie left you and builds from there in ways that will keep you on the edge of your seat. What a Masterpiece of a movie, I don’t think I can ever take another big budget Hollywood action flick seriously.
This 2014 Indonesia martial arts action thriller is written and directed by Gareth Evans. Released on the 28th of March, 2014, the movie is set as a sequel to its 2011 success hit, The Raid: Redemption. In this feature, the main character of the first movie – Rama, is set to take down gangs of the city’s criminal underworld as well as corrupt police officers. If you took an interest and loved the first film, you are definitely in for a bigger and better thriller with this one.
The movie, with a running time of 150 minutes, is produced by Ario Sagantoro, Nate Bolotin, and Aram Tertzakian. It had a $4.5 million budget and had in its cast, Iko Uwais (Rama), Arifin Putra (Uco), Tio Pakusadewo (Bangun), Oka Antara (Eka), Alex Abbad (Bejo), Cecep Arif Rahman (“The Assassin”), Julie Estelle (Alicia a.k.a.”Hammer Girl”), Very Tri Yulisman (“Baseball BatMan”), Ryuhei Matsuda (Keiichi), Kenichi Endo (Goto), Kazuki Kitamura (Ryuichi), Yayan Ruhian (Prakoso), Cok Simbara (Bunawar), Roy Marten (Reza), Epy Kusnandar (Topan), and Donny Alamsyah (Andi). It is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films.
This Fight scene reminds me of 300- think of Rama as the 300 spartans, the toilet cubicle as the hot gates and all the prisoners as the Persians
Rookie Jakarta cop, Rama, survives a bloody fight against the city’s notorious gangsters and hopes to live a normal life afterwards. His hopes and dreams are soon dashed as he finds himself faced with greater enemies. His last exploits puts him on the spotlight and hit-list of top criminal gangs. Not only does this put his life in danger, those of his family members are also at risk.
With no other choice, Rama must go undercover to find his newly found enemies. To achieve this, he gets thrown into prison and becomes friends with the son of top crime kingpin. Rama fights through hell to bring down the city’s criminal empire along with corrupt police officers.
The filming of the movie was undertaken by PT. Merantau Films and XYZ Films. In early 2013, January to be precise, the production company made an announcement for the start of production. The movie took an estimated seven months to film, leaving the filming process to end in July of 2013. According to the film director, Gareth Evans, in one of his tweets, he said they would be using “…RED Scarlet for 95% of the shoot, Epic for slow mo, and Go Pro 3 for quick cuts during the car chase”.
With only two movies to his name, this Welsh director has definitely raised the bars for action film directors all over the world. With sublime set designs, clear camera works, crazy stunts, and lengthy script, Evans has shown the world that American action movies are nothing more than stunt-doubled, CGI-imbedded, over-edited child’s play filming (this is not far from the truth). Action films are definitely Evans’ technical bravado as he is not afraid to take martial art scenes to its limits.
With roughly an estimate of 12-13 action sequences, the choreography team led by Matt Flannery displayed a brilliance of fight scenes by blending implements of deaths with amazing fighting styles. Not only does it resemble a serious Jackie Chan epic movie with furniture parts and other objects moving around, each fight scene has its own unique style.
On November 6, 2013, a teaser trailer was released on Twitchfilm. A longer Indonesian trailer followed on 31 December, 2013. It was not until 21st of January the next year that the American trailer was released.
It was premiered on the 21st of January, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. On March 10, 2014, the movie was screened at South by Southwest. Four days later on March 14th, it was screened at ARTE Indonesia Film Festival. It was released in three languages; Indonesian, Japanese, and English.
The movie has seen a fair share of positive ratings since its release by renowned film critics. With an average score of 7.4/10 drawn from reviews of 153 critics, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 79% “Certified Fresh” rating. It also has a “generally favourable reviews” ratings with 71/100 based on 33 reviews on Metacritic.
Total Film’s Matt Risley had this to say about the film; “sumptuously shot, perfectly paced and flat-out exhilarating, The Raid 2 cements Evans as the best action director working today and may notbe the best action, gangster, or even martial-arts movie ever made. But as a combination of all three, it’s unparalleled in recent memory and offers a tantalising glimpse intoa post-Bayhem action-film world.
Brutal, beautiful and brilliant”. He further went on to add that “The sheer imagination on show, both in the cinematography and choreography,guarantees each brawl is instantly iconic. Immaculately edited, each traumatic, tensely tactile fight would blur into chaos if not for Evans’s pinpoint pacing something that refreshes all the more in the face of modern blockbusting’s tendency to start big and just keep getting bigger, until burnout.”
Total Films, on January 6, 2014, was reported to have said that Raid 3 would take place two hours before the end of Raid 3. Evans, during an interview with Metro in April, stated his plan to take a break from martial arts movies for about two or three years before filming it.
Obviously the sequel to Raid 2 would not be coming anytime soon but we are left with the consolation of watching this glorious, craftily created film.