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The Raid 2

The Raid 2 is a Hollywood Action Thriller movie directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais,Arifin Putra,Oka Antara,Tio Pakusadewo,Alex Abbad,Julie Estelle,Ryuhei Matsuda,Kenichi Endo,Kazuki Kitamura.


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The Raid 2 Cast / Crew
DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans.
BANNER: PT. Merantau Films, XYZ Films
GENRE:Action Thriller
PRODUCER:Ario Sagantoro, Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matt Flannery,Dimas Imam Subhono.
MUSIC DIRECTOR:Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi, Joseph Trapanese.
STORY WRITER:Gareth Evans.
EDITOR:Gareth Evans, Andi Novianto.
CAST

Iko Uwais

Arifin Putra

Oka Antara

Tio Pakusadewo

Alex Abbad

Julie Estelle

Ryuhei Matsuda

Kenichi Endo

Kazuki Kitamura

The Raid 2 Review

'The Raid 2' - packed with classic visuals, but mindless (Movie Review By Troy Ribeiro ; Rating: ** )

"The Raid 2" is an Indonesian martial arts action porn, treated in noir style. It takes off from where it left in the 2011 released "The Raid". Presented through an undercover policeman's point of view, it is a convoluted crime saga designed in a Godfather-style father-son crime drama with a whole sub-set of assassin characters who have their own storylines and sequences.

Set in the underworld, crime-infested Jakarta, Rama (Iko Uwais) the rookie cop in "The Raid" is sent undercover as Yuda to a prison so that he can befriend Uco (Arifin Putra) the son of a crime lord and then rat out the whole setup; to root-out the real threat of political corruption in Jakarta.

Rama does this to avenge his brother's death and to protect his family from being eliminated.

The plot plays on the basic theme of the monkey and the two cats fighting for the cheese they find. Inter-gang rivalry based on ethnic background between the local crime boss Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo) and the Japanese boss Goto (Ken'ichi Endo) is flared by the Arab boss Bejo (Alex Abbad) who instigates Uco to ignite the flames of conflict.

Rama fights on because he can and because he must. In the process, he is subjected to so many double-crosses that it's a wonder he knows who he's fighting any more.

The cast includes both veteran and fresh faces from the Indonesian film industry who deliver convincingly.

The scenes are packed with gory dramatic statements oscillating between loud violent action and pin drop suspense filled vacuum between urban and rural settings.

Writer-director-editor Gareth Evans may be considered as a trendsetter who offers set action pieces with artistic flare. The way his shots and sequences are designed and executed onscreen is remarkable. The in-prison battle in wet mud slush, the street fights, the terror caused by the hammer wielding dumb and deaf girl in the metro along with a boy brandishing a metal baseball bat in an industrial estate and the sword and gun fights in the speeding automobile - each piece excels the previous set.

Loaded with shades of grey, visually, the camera frames are taut and astonishing. What's more? It captures action is claustrophobic space, with top angle shots especially when over fifteen goons pile up in a toilet cubicle in the prison or when Rama is fighting in the car.

What adds to the effect of the gruesome blood curdling carnage is the effective background score and prosthetic make-up that makes you squirm in your seat.

But what makes this entire viewing experience a farce is the director's careless eye for detailing. His action structure persists in lining up his goons and sending them in single file to be thrashed by the protagonist makes for amateur action choreography. Also in another sequence during the mayhem in Bangun's office when Bejo and his men barge in, Bangun's secretary is noticed seated calmly at her table, totally oblivious and unaffected by the action around.

Also the mismatched lip sync in the English dubbing can be a distraction initially.

Overall, this film is for those who are into mindless bloody gore and crazy action.

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The Raid 2 Synopsis

Following immediately after the events of THE RAID, RAMA (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, BUNAWAR, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, BANGUN. Finding a way in through BANGUN's son UCO, RAMA must hunt for information linking BANGUN with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down.

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