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Movie review: More bloody excitement in action-packed 'The Raid 2'

Published April 11, 2014 9:44 am

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The bloody action hits the Jakarta streets in "The Raid 2," a bigger and brassier follow-up to the 2012 cops-and-robbers thriller "The Raid: Redemption."

This installment begins with Rama (Iko Uwais), the rookie cop who survived the first movie, being assigned to go deep undercover to infiltrate Indonesia's crime lords, not only to bring them down but to root out the corrupt members of Jakarta's police force.

Rama is sent to prison so he can befriend Uco (Arifin Putra), the hot-headed son of a mob kingpin, Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo) — just as a new rival, Bejo (Alex Abbad), aims to stir up Bangun's relations with Japanese gangsters.

Writer-director Gareth Evans expands the claustrophobic action from the first movie, which was confined to one building, with sprawling battles, new villains (including the aptly named Hammer Girl, played by model Julie Estelle) and a breakneck car chase.

The action is just as bloody and bruising as the first movie's fights, and Uwais (one of the film's fight choreographers) shows the stuff to become a major international action star.

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'The Raid 2'

Opens Friday, April 11, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language; in Indonesian and Japanese, with subtitles; 150 minutes.