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The Raid 2

The Raid 2

Indonesien/USA 2014 - mit Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Julie Estelle, Tio Pakusadewo ...

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Originaltitel:The Raid 2: Berandal
Genre:Action, Thriller
Regie:Gareth Evans
Produktionsland:Indonesien/USA 2014
Laufzeit:Approx. 150 min.
FSK:From 18 years
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2012 the Welsh Gareth Evans created with "The Raid" one of the most uncompromising, hardest and most innovative action thrillers of recent years. When it became known that Evans would be staging a sequel to the surprise success, one could justifiably ask oneself how he wanted to top the quality of the action scenes and the tension of the first part. With "The Raid 2" Evans now gives the impressive answer to this question. The movie starts right where The Raid left off: After the bloody operation against one of Jakarta's most powerful criminal cartels, the young policeman Rama (Iko Uwais) is one of the few survivors. When his brother Andi, who had worked for the gangsters, is executed by his own people, Rama is contemplating revenge. He is persuaded to go undercover to bring down the dense network of violence and corruption in the city. In order to win the trust of the Mafia boss Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo), Rama must become part of the gang of Bangun's imprisoned son Uco (Arifin Putra). Equipped with a new identity, the policeman is imprisoned as Yuda for three years. It is the beginning of a protracted, extremely dangerous mission, which demands of Rama not only the complete renunciation of contact to his wife and his little son, but also his full skill as a fighter. A lot of blood will flow and Rama will do everything to make sure that it is not his…

With "The Raid 2" Gareth Evans actually does everything right. On the one hand, it offers fans more of what they liked so much about the first part, whereby the fighting sequences have sometimes been implemented much more spectacularly and relentlessly. On the other hand, it completely detaches itself from the concept of its predecessor, so that this sequel doesn't seem like a lukewarm infusion. So Rama doesn't have to fight his way through another skyscraper. Rather, this time the campaign against organized crime will take place in prison, in the car, on the street, in the subway or even in the kitchen of a luxury restaurant. The dramaturgy was also consistently further developed. While "The Raid" was actually a pure action movie, in which the story played a rather subordinate role, the sequel grows into a complex gangster epic, which has a lot more to offer than just non-stop hitting on action.

Both on the plot level, as well as in terms of action, suspense and fight choreography, "The Raid 2" is excellently implemented. It's not surprising that for many people this film is one of the best action films of the last years. What makes the strip so outstanding is the fact that Gareth Evans does not compromise. He doesn't even think about softening his film for the affluent teenage audience. His staging is uncompromising, hard, very complex and a real challenge for all senses. And this time it's not just men fighting each other. With Julie Estelle, the cast was extended - forgive me for the pun - by a real "Hammer" bride, who is then also responsible for one of the most intense fighting sequences of the last act.

Although "The Raid 2" at 150 minutes is almost an hour longer than its predecessor, the story spans a period of several years, and the network of different criminal organizations and corrupt police officers is quite complex, the film doesn't seem one minute too long - or even boring. Here it pays off that Evans, unlike in the first part, doesn't just focus on a sequence of fighting sequences, but also takes the time to build up a plot construct that is perfectly suited to be continued in a possible third part as well.

Nevertheless, the action is of course the focus of the movie. And it is sometimes really painfully brutally staged. The fact that the film runs uncut in German cinemas is really a small miracle in view of some scenes. Tender spectators and all those for whom part 1 was already too hard should reach their limits here after only a few minutes. But if you finally want to see some handmade, uncompromising and dirty action and a first class gangster-thriller, you shouldn't miss this masterpiece. Absolutely worth seeing!

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