The Raid: Redemption/The Raid 2: Berandal – 2011/2014

The Raid: Redemption: “A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.”

If you have read some of my other films reviews you will see that 90% of them are pretty negative and even the positive ones have spouts of negativity, or constructive criticism as I like to call it. I’m not a fan of subtitled films or tv programs I have to admit. I liked Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and there are a few Jackie Chan and Jet Li films that I enjoyed but they’re a completely different type of film. The acting isn’t Oscar worthy but that’s not why anyone is watching this film. It’s perfect for the type of film this is.

The action is non-stop. A lot of the time when there is that much action you sort of forget about the story and it doesn’t make sense but The Raid has stuck to the basics so well to avoid that happening. They haven’t tried anything out of the box or anything new, they’ve stuck to a simple idea and made a great film out of it. The ‘hero’ of the film is young and humble and trying to do the right thing and the villain is the opposite of that. The mixture of martial arts and gunfights is perfect. It’s face-paced and exciting from the outset and just does not slow down throughout. Most definitely one of the best action films I have ever seen.

The Raid 2 was slightly different. “Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.”

Firstly it didn’t really feel like a sequel. You could tell it was made by the same people and the action was very similar it just skipped a lot of time and information so it didn’t really follow. As much as I loved this film just as much as the first one they did push it too far at times. It was much longer and they added a few little sub-plots that were just unnecessary. It was also quite a bit more graphic than the first one, a bit too much fake blood making it look a bit low-budget.

Having said that, just like the first one, the action is non-stop and brilliant to watch. A lot more varied than the first one which is all set in the single building, the different settings allow for all sorts of different items to be used as weapons to add a little difference because it could have been disastrously similar. It’s a pretty brutal film and not exactly what you could call beautiful from a cinematic perspective but it’s just a fantastic action film.

A third film has been half announced but that doesn’t really mean anything. These two were 3 years apart so if there is a third there is a good chance we won’t see it until 2017, if not later. I have high hopes that a third would be just as good as its predecessors so I very much look forward to a confirmed announcement and date.


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