This movie was brutal as hell. On par with the first as far as carnage and mayhem, but all the different types of blades that were used made this one bloodier. A lot bloodier. This is honestly one of the most violent movies in my recent movie watching history. Nothing in American cinema comes close. QT’s KILL BILL, but that was cartoonish, over the top hyperbole and meant to be so. The BOURNE franchise’s fights were about as close as we come, but the blood was minimal, just bone crunching.
I’m talking man a mano, hand to hand, close quarters fisticuffs. This thing is bonkers with the stuff. The kind of fights and moves and finishes that make you physically jump in your seat and yell out in phantom pain are rampant. and awesome. and disturbing. I guess only in Asian film market can you get this gnarly, cuz i cant remember a US movie this dizzying in its realistic bloodletting outside of our boxing movies. and those are staged, so….
a friend of mine said if THE RAID was DIE HARD 1, then this is DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE cuz its more open and they go more places. I find that analogy very apt. Even though the protagonist is a badass, this one had him being more superhuman than I would have liked. He seemed to be able endure more and more with no real downtime for healing in between fights. That stretched credulity just a smidgen. Even hard cases need a reboot and refresh, even if its nothing more than a combat nap. The human body has a limit, but i digress.
I just get worried the savagery is so original and exhausting that i fear that if they do a third (which they prob wont cuz the B.O. is pretty bad) then they will run out of ways to make me grab my own neck and make sure its still securely there. I would hate for series star, Iko Uweis to flame out like Tony Jaa did. Maybe those two should get together and fight each other with their respective styles of team up and fight some US heavy. That would be a way to breath new life into their careers.
Just a thought.
RAID 2 gets a SHIBBY (4 stars) for what it knows it is and for not pretending to be anything it isnt; just hardcore knuckle busting, no holds barred action.