As previously mentioned in a post, I have claimed The Raid Redemption to be one of my favorite modern martial arts/action films of all time. Last Tuesday, The Raid 2 Berandal premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and I was waiting that night for reviews of the film. I patiently waited until early morning the next day and finally…word came out. Suddenly, a flood of attention and hype came on other blogs and movie review sites appeared. Let the hype begin.
The Raid 2 Berandal is supposed to pick up immediately following the first film and follows the story of Rama, the protagonist, in his journey to take down the crime underworld of Jakarta, Indonesia while undercover. For those of you that have seen the first film, you will understand where I am coming from when I say it is not the type of movie you would watch for its story, its more about the action. However, from what I have read and heard, the plot in this movie is much more captivating in depth and expansive. The action scenes and stunt work is also supposed to be revolutionary. In fact, this movie has been called “one of the greatest action sequels since Terminator 2: Judgement Day”. That kind of comparison is something that you just don’t throw around. I grew up hailing Terminator 2: Judgement Day as one of the greatest movies of all time. I mean the last scene where Arnold goes down on the chain and sacrifices himself for the sake of humanity that was a pretty emotional and heavy scene. On top of that, the special effects James Cameron implemented where revolutionary in the sense that it added a new dimension to action films, CGI.
Being compared to the sequel of The Terminator is something that is extraordinary, but with these high expectations it opens up more opportunity for the movie to not live up to the hype or exceed the anxiety of influence of previous action films. However, on Rotten Tomatoes it currently has a fresh rating of 93% and seems to only be increasing. The only criticism of the movie that I have heard of is that for those that don’t really enjoy violent movies, it may be too violent for those kind of people. This also raises concerns for what kind of rating it will be given, an NC-17 or R? The Raid Redemption was released in the United States rated an R, and there has been talk that this sequel might have to cut out some scenes in order for it to get an R rating. Will these potential changes perhaps affect its performance at the box office or change the vision of those behind the camera? We will have to see as unfortunately it gets released in the United States in March, which makes me really sad. You can count on me attending the midnight premiere though. Here is the trailer released by Sundance: