Too Damned Long: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

It’s not over yet is a double entendre. It partially speaks to the fact that this is a continuation of The Raid: Redemption. Mostly it’s  because you’ll keep asking yourself, “Are we done?”

The movie suffers the same problem that the Ang Lee’s Hulk did, it tries to create art with a story that’s smash and crash. The Raid 2 wants to be an epic Godfather type film, and while it is possible to make such a film with awesome fight sequences, that’s not what The Raid 2 is at it’s core. It’s a giant, rage-monster, kick-ass Kung Fu flick. Why do I say that? (Slight Spoiler) Because of the final showdown: 30 minute action sequence where Rama kills two gangs, every last man and woman, single-handedly—AFTER 15 minutes of car chase fighting.

While I can’t say I dislike The Raid 2, I can say I want to like this movie more than I do. Iko Uwais choreographed some bitchin’ fight scenes. And that’s what you go see this film for. Unfortunately there’s an extra hour of unnecessary story that really slows the pace and ultimately kills the movie. In other words: cool fight, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah, cool fight, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah, cool fight, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah, cool fight, car chase, final boss. Roll credits.

If you are a fan of Kung Fu films check this out when it drops on Netflix. Chapter jump to the good stuff: the prison mud fight, the porno pit fight, the crazy, long-haired man fights (there are 2), baseball bat guy and hammer girl (which are their names in the credits), and the insane final boss fight wherein Rama wrecks shop, literally. Otherwise, give this one a skip.

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