The Raid 2

The Raid 2 (Indonesian: The Raid 2: Berandal, lit.'thug'; Japanese: ザ・レイド Gokudo, lit.'gangster')[5][6][7] is a 2014 Indonesian action crime film written, directed and edited by the Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans.[8][9][10] It is the sequel to the 2011 film The Raid and stars Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endō, and Kazuki Kitamura. The film was released in the United States and Canada by Sony Pictures Classics on 28 March 2014.

The Raid 2
The Raid 2 Berandal teaser banner.jpeg
US theatrical release poster
Directed byGareth Evans
Produced by
Written byGareth Evans
Starring
Music by
Cinematography
  • Matt Flannery
  • Dimas Imam Subhono
Edited byGareth Evans
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics (North America)
Release date
  • 21 January 2014 (2014-01-21) (Sundance)
  • 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28) (United States)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
CountryIndonesia
Languages
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
Budget$4.5 million[2]
Box office$6.6 million (excluding Indonesia and Japan)[3][4]

In the story, special forces officer Rama is sent undercover to expose the corrupt police officials colluding with the crime families of Jakarta's criminal underworld. Like Evans' previous films Merantau and The Raid, the fight scenes showcase the Indonesian fighting style of pencak silat.

PlotEdit

Two hours after the events of the first film, the surviving officers of the Jakarta apartment raid - Rama, Bowo and a detained Lieutenant Wahyu - rendezvous with Lieutenant Bunawar on the advice of Rama's brother Andi. Bunawar, the head of an internal investigation unit, sends the injured Bowo for treatment but executes Wahyu, assuring Rama it is to protect him from corrupt cops like Wahyu; Bunawar also tells Rama that the legal system cannot fix the problem and that testifying would only endanger him and his family. Bunawar asks Rama to go undercover to expose the other corrupt officials' dealings with the local Bangun and Japanese Goto crime syndicates; Rama refuses.

Rising crime boss Bejo executes Andi, who had taken over after the death of his former boss Tama. Following Andi's funeral, Rama agrees to go undercover and is tasked with infiltrating the underworld by going to prison to befriend Bangun's son Uco under the alias 'Yuda'. To be arrested, and to gain favor with Uco, Rama is instructed to assault the son of the official who put Uco in prison. During a prison riot, several inmates led by Benny, an inmate who betrayed Uco, attempt to kill him before Rama saves him. Upon Rama's release two years later, Uco takes him to meet his father, who hires him out of gratitude. Rama proves his value to the family through his work under Uco and his father's adviser Eka. Rama also manages to plant a bug in Uco's wallet.

Bejo invites Uco to dinner and explains his plan to take land from the Goto family with Uco's assistance by starting a gang war between the two syndicates and by gaining the support of corrupt police official Reza. As a gift, Bejo brings the assailants from the prison riot for Uco to execute. Frustrated by his father's inaction, and unsatisfied with his current standing in the syndicate, Uco accepts Bejo's offer. Uco then lures Bangun's hitman and family friend Prakoso into an ambush, and Prakoso is killed by The Assassin, Bejo's top hitman. Uco lies to his father, claiming the Japanese were responsible for Prakoso's death. When the two families meet, Bangun decides not to retaliate and instead apologizes to Goto, enraging Uco. He then instructs Bejo to proceed with their plan. Bejo's hitmen - Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Man and The Assassin - kill several of Goto's men, sparking a gang war between the families.

During the conflict, Rama defeats assailants sent after him and discovers a police ID on one of the attackers. When the families meet, Uco lashes out in anger, embarrassing Bangun into conceding territory. Rama learns from Bunawar that the attackers were corrupt officers working for Reza. He receives a call from Eka asking him to pick up Uco from Bangun's office. While Rama heads to the office, Bejo and The Assassin barge in with henchmen. Revealing his betrayal, Uco kills his father and shoots Eka in the leg. Before Bejo can finish him off, Rama arrives and gives Eka time to escape. The Assassin subdues Rama, and Bejo commands his men to get rid of him. Eka follows them in his car to save Rama, and eventually drives them both to safety.

Goto syndicate lieutenant Ryuichi informs Goto and his son Keiichi that Reza was seen entering Bejo's restaurant, and further explains that Bejo is not alone and informs him of Uco's betrayal of his father. Goto then declares war on Bejo, Uco and Reza. A critically injured Eka reveals to Rama he was also undercover before dying. Rama contacts Bunawar, who informs him that the gang war has escalated and that the police commissioner is dead. Bunawar claims Eka went rogue and ten officers died after he supplied false intel. He informs him that Reza, the true objective, is meeting Bejo and Uco at the restaurant. Rama breaches its warehouse and fights through Bejo's men before overcoming Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Man and The Assassin.

Bejo and Uco meet Reza to discuss terms against Goto. Uco eventually discovers the bug in his wallet. Uncertain who planted it, he notices Bejo has a similar tattoo with Benny, and realizes the prison attack may have been an attempt to spark a gang war. Rama manages to make his way to the meeting area and dispatches the remaining guards. When Bejo attempts to shoot Rama, Uco grabs a gun and shoots both Bejo and Reza dead. He then turns his gun towards Rama, who throws a knife at Uco and then stabs him; Uco then dies in Rama's arms. Rama leaves the premises and encounters Keiichi, Ryuichi and their men. While Bunawar drives to the site, Keiichi and Rama have a short conversation, which Rama concludes by stating that he is done.

CastEdit

  • Iko Uwais as Rama/Yuda, one of the three surviving police officers of the first film's eponymous raid, and a special forces member turned undercover agent. His alias "Yuda" is a reference to Uwais' character in his debut film Merantau.
  • Cok Simbara [id] as Bunawar, the head of the internal investigation unit who recruits Rama to bring down the police–mob collusion.
  • Arifin Putra as Uco, an arrogant mobster who is the impatient son and heir to Bangun.
  • Tio Pakusadewo as Bangun, a notorious kingpin who is one of the two mob bosses in control of Jakarta's underworld.
  • Oka Antara as Eka, Bangun's consigliere who holds a secret of his own.
  • Yayan Ruhian as Prakoso, Bangun's most loyal and dedicated hitman.
  • Alex Abbad as Bejo, a self-made Jakarta crime boss who considers himself very ambitious.
  • Cecep Arif Rahman [id] as "The Assassin", Bejo's top enforcer who uses the karambit as his signature weapon.
  • Julie Estelle as Alicia/"Hammer Girl", a merciless assassin who uses claw hammers as her signature weapon. She is deaf, and later revealed to be missing an eye, the reason she wears sunglasses at all times.
  • Very Tri Yulisman [id] as "Baseball Bat Man", Alicia's brother and one of Bejo's top three hitmen.
  • Kenichi Endō as Hideaki Goto (Nihongo: 後藤英明, Gotō Hideaki), founder and head (oyabun/kumicho) of the Goto family, a powerful Yakuza family from Japan and one of the two mob bosses in control of Jakarta's underworld.
  • Ryuhei Matsuda as Keiichi Goto (Nihongo: 後藤圭一, Gotō Keiichi), Goto's son and heir.
  • Kazuki Kitamura as Ryuichi (Nihongo: 龍一, Ryūichi), Goto's lieutenant and interpreter.
  • Roy Marten as Reza, a corrupt high-ranking police official affiliated with the Gotos but who Bejo wants to buy out in his plans for expansion.
  • Epy Kusnandar [id] as Topan, operator of an illegal "porn den" in Bangun's territory, who receives a visit when word gets out he's expanded into the drug business.
  • Zack Lee as Benny, an associate of Uco in prison who betrays his trust.
  • Donny Alamsyah as Andi, Rama's gangster brother who is executed by Bejo.
  • Tegar Satrya [id] as Bowo, Rama's colleague and one of three surviving officers of the first film's eponymous raid.
  • Alain O. as Wahyu, the corrupt lieutenant and one of three surviving officers of the first film's eponymous raid.
  • Marsha Timothy [id] as Dwi, Prakoso's estranged wife.

Other cast members include Henky Solaiman and Fikha Effendi, who reprise their roles as Rama's father and wife, Isa, respectively. Deddy Sutomo and Pong Hardjatmo make cameos as the mediator and police commissioner, respectively.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Writer-director Gareth Evans decided to make the sequel after The Raid hit at the box office.[11] He saw it as an opportunity to receive funding for a script he wrote in 2009, Berandal, which he had trouble funding for two years.[11][12] Berandal was originally conceived as a standalone action drama film which incorporates bigger action scenes and according to Evans tells the story of "a young guy who goes into prison, befriends the son of a mob boss, comes out, joins him as an enforcer and then has to survive a gang war".[11][12] After The Raid, Evans began significantly rewriting the Berandal script to connect its storyline with that of the first film; the process included tweaking the protagonist's character motivation and adding a police procedural subplot.[12]

Casting and filmingEdit

Julie Estelle was cast as "Hammer Girl" in December 2012; Evans also tweeted that internationally renowned silat practitioner Cecep Arif Rahman was also given a major part in the film.[13] Marsha Timothy, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad, who worked with Evans in Merantau, were also cast in the film.[13] Japanese actors Matsuda Ryuhei (known for his roles in Taboo and Nana), Kenichi Endō (known for his roles included Crows Zero, Crows Zero 2 and Dead or Alive 2: Birds) and Kitamura Kazuki, known for his roles in Young Thugs: Innocent Blood, Dead or Alive and Ley Lines, but also known for being the only one of the three Japanese actors appeared in Indonesian films, following his appearance in the 2014 film Killers.[14]

Evans also revealed on Twitter that Yayan Ruhian, who played Mad Dog in The Raid, will return for the sequel as a new character called Prakoso,[15] the machete-wielding chief assassin of Bangun. He claimed that he would not do a martial arts film without Ruhian being involved.[16] Ruhian, who is a choreographer of the film, also trained Estelle in pencak silat.[17]

In January 2013, PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announced the start of production.[18][19][20] The filming process took about seven months and ended in July 2013.[21]

The film's lead cinematographer Matt Flannery tweeted that at least three RED cameras were used in a test shoot of a chase scene.[22][23] Gareth Evans mentioned that they were using RED Scarlet for 95% of the shoot, Epic for slow mo, and Go Pro 3 for quick cuts during the car chase.[24]

MarketingEdit

A teaser trailer was released at Twitch Film on 6 November 2013.[25] The Hollywood Reporter stated that the trailer "unleashes more action than most Hollywood blockbusters."[26] A longer Indonesian trailer was released on 31 December 2013.[27] The American trailer was released on 21 January 2014.[28][29][30][31] On 26 March 2014, a deleted scene (given the title "Gang War") was released to promote the film.[32]

International releaseEdit

The film was marketed internationally through Celluloid Nightmares, a partnership between US-based XYZ Films and France's Celluloid Dreams.[33][34]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the film's distribution rights for the United States,[5] Latin America and Spain; and Kadokawa Pictures for Japan.[6] Distribution rights to other countries were sold to eOne Entertainment for Canada and the United Kingdom; Koch Media for Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Calinos Films for Turkey; HGC for China; and Madman Entertainment for Australia.[34][35]

ReleaseEdit

 
Iko Uwais at the premiere of The Raid 2 in New York City, 17 March 2014

The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2014.[36] It also screened at South by Southwest on 10 March 2014[37] and ARTE Indonesia Arts Festival on 14 March 2014.[38] Following a wide release on 11 April 2014, due to low returns the majority of theaters closed the film one week later. This was similar to what occurred during the theatrical run of the first film.[39]

CensorshipEdit

The Raid 2 was banned in neighboring Malaysia.[40] The film was scheduled to hit Malaysian screens on 28 March, but had not been shown anywhere in the country due to its excessive violence.[41] Indonesian politician, and former Army Chief of Staff, Pramono Edhie Wibowo criticized the decision and demanded an explanation. He further asked the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to "actively perform its mediation function with the Malaysian government."[42]

The US release was given an R rating by the MPAA for "strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language",[43] cutting a few frames of graphic violence. Director Evans stated the cuts are very minimal and similar to his original cut.[44][45] The film received an R-15 rating in Japan with 4 minutes cut, and an R-18 uncut version which was screened in the Tokyo metropolitan area.[46]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $2,627,209.[47] In Japan, it grossed ¥22 million ($207,655) at the box office.[4] In other territories (excluding Indonesia), the film grossed $3,939,707,[3] for an international total of $6,774,571 outside of Indonesia.

Critical responseEdit

As of March 2021, the film has an approval rating of 81% on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 176 reviews, with an average rating of 7.50/10. The site's consensus states: "Although its high-energy plot and over-the-top violence may play better with genre aficionados, The Raid 2 definitely delivers more of everything audiences loved about its predecessor."[48] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100 based on reviews from 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[49]

During its world premiere at Sundance, The Raid 2 received an overwhelming reaction. Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times reported that "The screening caused an explosion of excitement and enthusiasm for the film on social media."[50]

In a 3-out-of-5 mixed review, Joey Magidson of the website Awards Circuit wrote that he "appreciate(s) the directing skills on display in The Raid 2, but at a certain point, all of the fighting and killing nearly got to be too much for me. I'm recommending the film, but not in the same way as the last one."[51] He added that while it is "creative enough to be worth a recommendation, it lacks the originality of the first flick" and concluded that "The Raid 2 will delight genre fans, but might not impress to[o] many others."[51]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly said, "The Raid 2 will make you feel like Christmas came nine months early. Some action sequels don't know when to say when. But here's one where too much is just the right amount."[52]

Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com praised the film for its "involving plot"; calling the cast, especially Uwais, "charming" and dialogue "winningly precise" while noting that the sequel is "a great step up after the already-impressive The Raid."[53] Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, and wrote "The action stuff in The Raid 2, while likely to alienate the squeamish and summon dark thoughts of cinematic nihilism amongst overthinking highbrows, really IS like nothing else out there."[54]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, remarking, "Evans gives the audience a knowing wink by having Rama endure repeated batterings that would leave mere mortals in traction, not to mention some nasty blade wounds. Yet he keeps coming back, finding the stamina to snap more limbs and crush more skulls. Taking place inside moving vehicles, a subway car, a noodle bar, warehouses, a porn factory, tight corridors and in the most electrifying mano-a-mano clash, a gleaming nightclub kitchen and wine cellar, the fights are dynamite."[55]

Rolling Stone chief critic Peter Travers wrote, "The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a K.O. champion, Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business."[56]

Amber Wilkinson of The Daily Telegraph commented, "Hyper-violent it may be but there is beauty in its brutality," and wrote, "To say a martial arts movie brings something fresh in terms of choreography may sound like fighting talk, but Gareth Evans's sequel to his 2011 film is endlessly inventive."[57]

Matt Risley of Total Film gave the film 5 stars and wrote: "Sumptuously shot, perfectly paced and flat-out exhilarating, The Raid 2 cements Evans as the best action director working today and may not be the best action, gangster, or even martial-arts movie ever made. But as a combination of all three, it's unparalleled in recent memory and offers a tantalising glimpse into a post-Bayhem action-movie world. Brutal, beautiful and brilliant" and also wrote, "The sheer imagination on show, both in the cinematography and choreography, guarantees each brawl is instantly iconic. Immaculately edited, each traumatic, tensely tactile fight would blur into chaos if not for Evans's pinpoint pacing something that refreshes all the more in the face of modern blockbusting's tendency to start big and just keep getting bigger, until burnout."[58]

Year-end listsEdit

The film appeared on several critics' year-end lists.

  • #02 – Peter Freeman of DCOutlook.com's "Top 10 Movies of 2014"[59]
    1. 07 – IMDb's "Top 10 Films of 2014"[60]
  • #10 – Drew McWeeny of HitFix's "Top 50 Films of 2014"[61]
  • #10 – DenOfGeek.com's "Top 10 Films of 2014"[62]
  • #14 – Rob Hunter of Film School Rejects' "14 Best Foreign Language Films of 2014"[63]

AccoladesEdit

The Raid 2 garnered a number of domestic and international award wins and nominations.

On 19 December 2014, it won the award for Best Foreign Language Film from the Florida Film Critics Circle over Sweden's Force Majeure and Poland's Ida;[64] a first for an Indonesian film. It also received two nominations at the 2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, for Best Stunts, and Best Foreign Language Film;[65] losing the former to Edge of Tomorrow and the latter to Polish film, Ida. Another nomination came from the 2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards on the Best Foreign Language Film category, which it lost to Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure from Sweden. For the 8th Houston Film Critics Society Awards, it also received a nomination in the foreign film category, again losing to Force Majeure.

The film received 10 nominations at the local 2014 Maya Awards, organized by online film community Piala Maya. On 20 December 2014, it won four of its ten nominations: Best Cinematography for Matt Flanery and Dimas Subono, Best Editing for Evans and Andi Novianto, Best Special Effects, and Best Supporting Actor for Arifin Putra. It was also nominated for Best Film, Best Original Score, Most Memorable Featured Appearance for Julie Estelle as 'The Hammer Girl' (all three lost to Cahaya dari Timur); Best Hair & Make-Up and Best Sound Mixing (both lost to Killers), as well as another nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for Oka Antara (who lost to co-star Arifin Putra).[66]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 Golden Trailer Awards Best Foreign Action Trailer The Raid 2 Nominated
2014 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Foreign Language Film Won
2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Best Stunts Nominated
2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
2014 3rd Maya Awards Best Feature Film Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Arifin Putra Won
Oka Antara Nominated
Arifin C. Noer Award for Memorable Brief Appearance Julie Estelle Nominated
Best Cinematography Dimas Subono
Matt Flanery
Won
Best Editing Andi Novianto
Gareth Evans
Won
Best Sound Brandon Proctor
M. Ichsan Rachmaditta
Nominated
Best Original Score Aria Prayogi
Fajar Yuskemal
Joseph Trapanese
Nominated
Best Visual Effects Andi Noviandi Won
Best Makeup & Hairstyling Kumalasari Tanara Nominated
Equator Film Expo Award for International Achievement The Raid 2 Won
Best DVD Won
2015 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Cancelled sequelEdit

On 6 January 2014, media outlets quoted director Gareth Evans stating that The Raid 3 would take place two hours before the end of The Raid 2.[67][68] On 19 April, during an interview with Metro, director Evans said that he is planning to take a break from martial arts movies for two or three years before filming it.[69][70] On 21 January 2015, Evans responded on Twitter, "The Raid 3 isn't going to be happening anytime soon. Ideas in my head. Nothing written. No set date. 2018/19 possibly."[71]

In a November 2016 interview with Impact, Evans stated the third film was no longer going forward with the franchise likely having ended, stating "Moving back to UK felt like a closing chapter on that franchise—we ended the story pretty neatly (I feel) in Part 2. I'm aware there's an interest for it [...] So never say never, but it's unlikely to happen anytime soon."[72]

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