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Reviews: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

raid_berandalReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rangga Adithia @ http://raditherapy.com [Indonesian]
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Anche se c’è qualche sbavatura narrativa e qualche momento in cui il film sembra prendere fiato nel corso delle quasi due ore e mezza di durata, siamo di fronte ad un film che chiede anche allo spettatore di partecipare all’azione, incassando i colpi di Rama e spingendo i limiti del visibile sino al punto di non ritorno.
  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tremebunda secuela del zambombazo de 2011 que acelera y no cede un instante de respiro a lo largo de sus dos horas y media de duración. Iko Uwais es ya un icono de las artes marciales.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The violence is so stylized, so energetic, and so magnificently choreographed that it abstracts into something beyond mere brawling; it’s about the joy of performance and the thrill of capturing that performance, as in the physical comedy of Buster Keaton, the endless grace of Fred Astaire, and the previous martial artist who fused them, Jackie Chan.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: In expanding his scope to include a dozen shopworn crime story clichés, Evans has spread thin, leaving gaps in the undeniable acceleration that marked The Raid: Redemption. What we’re left with is a sequel that is both bigger and lesser than its predecessor.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: The greatest achievement of “The Raid 2” is that it doesn’t try to be the first film. Instead, it simply tells another story, a different story, which makes the whole thing work.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: I have no idea who’s being targeted by Hammer Girl on a subway car, but his army of bodyguards are no match for the hardware swinging beauty, the heiress apparent to Kill Bill’s Gogo Yubari.
  • Michael Dequina @ TheMovieReport.com
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Unfortunately, [the action sequences] also become less involving as the plot points mount and the characters remain static and undefined.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sadistic uber-violent action adventure – and the fact that it’s subtitled doesn’t much matter since the bloody, brutal brawling reanscends the language barrier.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: The action sequences are simply unreal; bigger, faster, and more lethal than in The Raid.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Raid and now The Raid 2: Berandal are action cinema evolving; everything else must adapt or die.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Continua a ser apenas um filme de acção e artes marciais, não vamos esperar prémios interpretativos ou de escrita, mas do ponto de vista técnico e de envolvimento com as personagens, ensina a fazer cinema como gente grande em vez de se contentar em cumprir as baixas expectativas do género.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: The overly complicated inner workings of the various criminal gangs just add bloat. It’s like Evans has made two sequels in one, smashing his version of a follow-up to “The Departed” (or, maybe more accurately, “Infernal Affairs”) into the center of “The Raid 2.”
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Feels weighted down by its ambitions [but] it boasts some fantastic action, though the violence is ludicrously over the top.
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
Updated: July 31, 2015 — 10:12 pm

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