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FILM REVIEW: The Raid 2 – Berandal (18)

| April 1, 2014
Released : 11th April 2014
Rated : 18
Running Time: 150mins
BBFCinsight: Contains strong bloody violence, gore
Director: Gareth Evans
Stars:  Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian, Donny Alamsyah, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara
Trailer: The Raid 2 – Berandal


Following on from The Raid (2011) the sequel sees Rama (Iko Uwais) go under cover amongst shadowy underworld figures to expose the criminals and corrupt police in Jakata while his wife and child are given protection for their own safety.

Those who saw the first Raid film will know of the extreme violence which it contained, the Raid 2 is just as violent if not more so. Gangland executions, murders, hand to hand combat and impressive displays of martial art combat feature prominently in the Raid 2. To add to the spice there are attackers wielding baseball bats and a lady whose preferred weapon of choice is a pair of claw hammers which she carries round in her handbag ready to get out at the slightest whiff of danger.

The car chase near the end of the film is excellent. Fight scenes take place almost anywhere, in prison exercise yards, drug dens and restaurants where in one grisly scene Rama places the face of an attacker on to the hot plate of a cooker and fries it. The resulting burns and hideous disfigurement is clearly shown in close up for all to see.

As Rama cleans up he leaves behind a trail of injured attackers and corpses in probably one of the most brutal and bloody films I have ever watched. The film climaxes in a showdown in the kitchen of a restaurant where knives and other sharp instruments come easily to hand. Those of a nervous disposition may want to look away when the final round of shotgun murders take place due to the graphic and gory aftermath depicted in clear detail for all to see.

As the ‘BBFC insight’ rating says the film contains ‘strong bloody violence and gore‘, that is an understatement to say the least. Featuring predominantly to the male audience it’s unlikely that many women will be seen in the cinema watching this film.

It may not be my most favourite film of all time but no doubt it will appeal to a certain audience who enjoy hand to hand martial art combat and gory, bloody violence.

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