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'The Raid' on the city

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First super-cop rookie Rama (Iko Uwais) cleaned up a building and its inhabitants, and now he finds himself ridding the city of its crime family and evading assassins as he ingrains himself in their world.

Having no other options to ensure the safety of his family, he goes undercover to clean up the city he’s sworn to protect.

First he befriends Bangun’s son, Uco (Arifin Putra), while incarcerated. After his release, and a debt of gratitude from Uco's father (Tio Pakusodewo), he’s hired on to look after the next in line to command his father’s legacy and territory.

Aiding the father in his organization is his right-hand confidante, Eka (Oka Antara), who helps deal with Uco's time in jail and trying to get Rama released as soon as possible for the events that land him in there.

Both Rama, now under the nom de guerre, Yuda, and Uco, are both ambitions men. With Rama wanting to clean the city of the crime that lingers and the corruption within the authorities, but Uco isn’t willing to wait for what he believes should be his.

Like any rambunctious youth, he’ll go head into business deals before realizing the consequences of his actions at the price of his father’s work and legacy.

Mr. Putra portrays the role as a hot-headed, easily tempered individual, writing the coattail of his father as he tires himself of instilling himself in the business with low-level work of shaking down individuals for money.

The Bangun family is an alliance with a competing Japanese family headed by Goto (Ken'ichi Endô). Bejo (Alex Abbad). an up and coming figure, wants to expand his criminal enterprise and begins encroaching on his advesarie's territory.

Mr. Uwais continues to amaze in his style of fighting, Silat, and fight choreograph in different surrounding and situations. His stamina and endurance is put through the test as he deals with the elite assassins while maintaining his cover and composure.

The film starts with a slow pickup showing how Rama must win the trust of his newfound employer before the movie picks up.

Returning for the sequel is director & writer Gareth Evans who has the entire city as his canvas as opposed to the dark, dingy building that the viewers were introduced to the Rama in the first "Raid" film.

The city is showcased in luxury as the world of crime pays and a free-reign on the city in which they hold the law in their back pocket. But in all, it just seems like just a normal day for super rookie cop Rama.

Classification: Redbox Blu-Ray Release

Movie Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

Fans of the first “Raid” film will be satisfied as the director and its star are given a whole new territory in which mayhem and chaos ensues and in the meantime

Blu-Ray Grade: .5 out of 5 stars:

The rental only features the theatrical trailer and other previews.

Rating: R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language

Timing: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Genre: Foreign, Action, Crime, Thriller

  • Director & Writer: Gareth Evans
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