If you are into action movies, moreover had a thing for what they called gory action, this movie would be a perfect choice.
As the second part of The Raid trilogy, “The Raid 2: Berandal*” is even better than the first movie a.k.a “The Raid: Redemption”. [*thug]
Having “The Raid: Redemption” as a comparison, “The Raid 2: Berandal” will exceed your expectation in the proportion of blood and action. The fighting scenes was intense with a lot more variation in location. It’s pretty cool for me to watch some familiar places on screen (one of the scene was actually took place in front of the building where I watched the movie :D).
The story (which is written by the director Gareth Evans), even might not the strongest part of the movie, is still interesting to follow, and despite of a couple of name recognizing problem, I could enjoy it just fine. It also has more complexity than the first movie which make it even better to watch.
Beside Rama, the main character who played by Iko Uwais (who is better in fighting than acting), this movie filled with great characters and casts, such as Bunarwan – the police official who put Rama on his new mission (Cok Simbara), Reza – the corrupt police (Roy Marten), Bangun – one of the two powerful mob boss who runs crime in Jakarta (Tio Pakusadewo), Uco – conflicted son of Bangun (Arifin Putra), Goto – the other mob boss (Kenichi Endo), Bejo – a newcomer who wants to take over the criminal world (Alex Abbad), The Assassin – who uses kerambit as his weapon (Cecep Arif Rahman), The Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and her brother The Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman). You can also see the performance of Oka Antara, Deddy Sutomo, Kazuki Kitamura, Ryuhei Matsuda, Epy Kusnandar, Yayan Ruhian and Marsha Timothy.
The fighting choreography by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian (which based on Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat) was impressive. Along with the beautiful cinematography by Dimas Imam Subhono and Matt Flanery, and amazing score by Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi, and Joseph Trapanese, “The Raid 2: Berandal” was presenting an experience full of excitement.
Of course, this movie is not for everyone. The level of violence is not for anyone under age (we got our id at 17 year old in Indonesia, so I think it’s a quite save age, though I recommend you to wait until you’re at least 20 :))). If you’re scared of blood and prefer a peaceful scene from a movie, this movie is not for you either.
Feel the piece of the movie on the trailer below