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The Raid 2 (2014/Sony DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: A

The Raid 2 is a sequel that is almost as thrilling as its predecessor. Following immediately after the events of The Raid (2012, reviewed elsewhere on this site), Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption task force led by the only person he has left to trust, Bunawar, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun. Finding a way in through Bangun's son Uco, Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threaten to consume him - and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates down.

The fight choreography and action sequences are absolutely breathtaking. Director Gareth Huw Evans has really stepped it up a notch with this one, whilst at the same time making a film that is miles better than other recent action films like The Expendables. Hopefully he will do a film here in the U.S. because I'm sure he could do a genre property justice. If you are a fan of action, then this isn't one to miss!

This review pertains to the DVD version of the film which captures the original 2:40.1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio in standard definition and lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track with English dubs, Indonesian/Bahas, and Spanish (Latin) language tracks. Subtitles are also on the disc in English and Spanish. Total runtime for the feature is 150 mins. I'm sure the Blu-ray version of the film is gorgeous and can't wait to pick it up.

Special features on the disc include Director's Commentary, Q and A with Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and Joe Trapanese, and The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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