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bionysos

Why does it snow in Jakarta at midnight?
1 year 5 months ago
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Earring72

Great sequel with some incredible brutal action scenes. Movie is overlong and storywise a bit standard but action scenes will blow you away.
5 years 1 month ago
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aniforprez

the first movie was great but i felt the action scenes were a little sanitary and it was a little obvious that they were stuntmen and in a real fight, they would be trying to actually hurt each other more.

this movie takes it all the way up to 11 and fucking nails it completely. there were very few places where i felt that it was a fight between stuntmen and was extremely brutal, visceral and enjoyable. this movie takes all this violence and makes it an art.

all the action cannot obscure the fact that this movie is a work of true art. where the director has done an amazing job of showing details, yet not jerking off to his own skills and letting the actors shine.

the performances are great and believable though some do make it a little cheesy. i appreciate how the actors actually had some diversity, not being only indonesian, something even hollywood movies fail to even attempt. this actually adds to the scope of the movie which is FAR bigger than the last one set in a single apartment complex.

the pacing is excellent with the right pauses for tension, the right amount of build-up and a grand and well-executed finish to the fight. not once did i feel the movie was too long but when it ended, it did so with grace and at the right time.

9.5/10 one of the best action movies to grace the history of cinema. watch it!!!

spoilerrific sidenote: spoiler
5 years 9 months ago
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Siskoid

The Raid: Redemption was a brilliant and relentless action film out of Indonesia. The Raid 2 follows right from that film, but isn't quite as brilliant. A lyrical, still opening shot makes it clear it will not have the original's pace. Instead, the heroic cop Rama is sent undercover in the criminal organization responsible for his brother's downfall, and so the scope is greater in both space and time (and kind of stunts). Problem is, we lose sight of Rama half-way through the overlong film (action flicks like this shouldn't be 2½ hours long). The first half is quite good, with the brand's trademark hard-hitting action, real emotion and tension, and black comedy. Once the gang war hits, while I'm quite happy to see some of the "super-villains" the film spawns, a lot of that drops into the background along with Rama, and you start to get impatient with it. There are just too many characters whose back story must be served, and in fact, many villains are better served than our hero. The ending is a mirror of that whole second part, with no real satisfaction for Rama or for the audience, because by then, the movie is about the wrong people.
5 years 11 months ago
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Groovy09

The first movie was one of the greatest actionfilms I had seen in a very long time and believe it or not, this violent extravaganza of a sequal is even better. Like the original, the action and fights scens are absolutely mind-blowing and will definitely be remembered as some of the best ever put to film.

The film is unlike the first one, more heavy on plot and characters and has a longer running time, 2 and a half hours which might turn some people off. But personally it was some of the fastes 2 and half hours i had ever witnessed.

The only problem i have with the film, is that the plot can get a bit more convoluted than it needed to be and some of the dialog scenes could have been cut down just a little bit.

But that is only minor complaints, because this is without a doubt one of the best action-films I have ever seen and if you're an action-junkie you should not miss it or just if you want to watch a damm entertaining movie in general.

Hollywood action-directors, watch and learn.
6 years ago
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BigAwesomeBLT

So good! I really like the first film but it's eclipsed by this sequel. There is some plot to complement the insane action, and the 2 1/2 hours just fly by. I loved the undercover cop angle which added a lot of tension and the loyalties of characters changing frequently throughout. It might have just entered my top 50 if not my top 20!
6 years 1 month ago
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fonz

150 minutes of dudes punching and kicking other dudes in the face. Although my cinematic tastes have matured, I found myself thoroughly impressed by just about everything in this delicious romp through the underbelly of Jakarta. It knows exactly what it is, doesn't take itself seriously enough but is satisfying enough to leave you wondering "how are they going to top this one for 3?"
6 years 9 months ago
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Jordan95

Undeniably the best action film of 2014. Gareth Evans outdoes himself after the brutality of the first film with even more insanely awesome and sickeningly violent sequences.

The film is much more plot driven than its predecessor, devoting much of its running time to world-building and the introduction of some brutally efficient killers such as Hammer Girl, the Assassin and Prakoso, who stars in probably the most violent fight of the entire film next to the climax. Despite the sometimes confusing plot and some overlong segments, Evans fulfills expectations even better than expected with a final hour filled with sequence after sequence of shocking and tremendously shot and edited action. It's really a relief that in this time of overuse of quick cuts that Evans allows you to see and feel every bone crushing punch. The only technical flaw I can find to the fight sequences is that Evans overuses shaky cam, but not to the point of disorienting you spacially, as you can still see everything clearly.

The climatic car chase and the final kitchen showdown, a grueling six minute sequence, is probably one of the greatest and certainly the most brutal fight scene I've ever seen in a movie. It's hard to imagine how Evans will top himself when he releases The Raid 3, but if he managed with this sequel, I trust him to do it one more time.
6 years 9 months ago
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Chikamaharry

Holy fuck. What a movie. So ultra-violent. So grotesque. Loved it! The plot is hard to follow. Not really sure what happened, but got the big strokes, at least. But that's not really the point of the movie, anyway. The action sequences was bananas, just out of this world. Also, the car chase was amazing, the way theyfilmed it and all. Just very good. Not sure if I prefer the first one or this. the actual action sequences in this movie was better than the first, but I felt like the plot was a bit unneccesary. The first one doesn't really have a plot, just constant action. though that can be tiering at a certain point. Anyway, a really good movie, seems like they had a lot of fun making it.
6 years 11 months ago
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meysam_a

The duology is a must-see for martial art fans.
7 years ago
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rhitwick

Surpassed all my expectation. Must watch for all action movie lovers.
7 years 1 month ago
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armyofshadows

Really incredible action sequences and choreography. Very, very violent. Probably one of the most violent movies I've ever seen. It tries to be the "Godfather" of modern martial arts. Tries. Comes close. In terms of action, maybe it wins... in terms of drama, probably not.
7 years 1 month ago
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jseingaldt

Not as good as the original. Over the top fighting scenes. Still an enjoyable movie, if you like violent martial arts flicks.
7 years 2 months ago
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mysteryfan

a bit too long, but some really fantastic action sequences there in the movie
7 years 3 months ago
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Tish418

Fantastic sequel. Some of the best action scenes I've ever seen.
7 years 4 months ago

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