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The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, Indonesia, 2014)

  • Apr 11, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Update 4/9: Location and showtime are set. See below.

Note: Showtime is 7.00 PM. Location is at AMC Van Ness. Tickets can be purchased online here ($12 adult, $11 senior and $9.25 child). Running time is 148 minutes. We will meet outside the ticketing booth on the first floor. I will be standing by outside the booth starting from 6:30 PM. Anybody who has trouble finding the place or group can contact me at[masked]

The Raid 2 is rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and strong language.

In 2012, an Indonesian action film called The Raid: Redemption (past meetup here) came out of nowhere and stunned audiences worldwide with its show of unforgiving, bloody, bone-breaking action to become a critical and commercial hit. Now, director Gareth Evans and action star Iko Uwais from the original are back with The Raid 2: Berandal, the spectacular, action-packed sequel that delivers the great action from the first film while upping the stake and ambition from the simple one-building ambush plot of the original to a full fledged crime film.

Official Selection of 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Synopsis: Immediately after the events of first film, Rama (Iko Uwais), is forced to go undercover inside the Jakarta criminal underworld to take down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his own police force.

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ6yUHHfZ04

Reviews:

“Gareth Evans’ action sequel in most ways that count is an even more masterful jolt of high-energy genre filmmaking” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“The sheer precision, speed and artistry contained within each kick and punch is frankly astonishing” - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business. The wow factor is off the charts.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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  • Ricky P.

    Great meetup last night, it was nice to meet you all. Here’s what I like about the sequel: bigger ambition, especially with a Godfather-like plot and colorful villains; the crime activities shown are not far off from the reality in Jakarta; the car chase fight scene was awesome.

    I dislike the same things in the first one: the action feels too choreographed, repetitive and one sided; Iko Uwais is wooden, lacks charms to make the simple character work - while the more interesting characters die around him; director rips off Kill Bill and OldBoy too much - Hammer Girl is essentially GoGo Yubari with hammer and he made Jakarta SNOWS. I dislike the most the mindless nihilism that prevails over both films: the action is brutally efficient but no joy and almost everyone is either corrupted or evil and they can only die in the most violent ways. The visceral deaths happen so often that I got numbed to it. It's a violently cynical action film that offers no hope, joy and even catharsis.

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Lucy

      Thanks for the positive and negative criticisms, Ricky. I didn't make the meetup, but I saw the film on my own. Personally, I think Donnie Yen has a lot to worry about now....

      April 22, 2014

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