Sundance 2014 First Impression: THE RAID 2 Is More Epic Than We Ever Imagined

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Sundance 2014 First Impression: THE RAID 2 Is More Epic Than We Ever Imagined

What is perhaps the most anticipated film of 2014, at least for most of us at ScreenAnarchy, made its world premiere this evening at the Sundance Film Festival and suffice to say, the sequel does not disappoint. Clocking in at two-and-one-half hours, The Raid 2 greatly expands on the world created by Gareth Evans in the first film The Raid: Redemption. With the expansion of the world comes so much more action, so much more imagination, and so so SO much more violence. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. In fact, the film actually had to be paused at one point and the lights brought up so one man who had lost consciousness could be removed (he eventually walked out under his own power).

We'll have a full review for you very soon but as the credits roll, we want to let you know that boy are you in for a treat.

Aside from the rampant violence, the most notable part of the film is the depth of story line at work. There is a very complex plot that involves three crime syndicates, the government, and multiple levels of double-crossing and subterfuge. I'd be lying if I said I have it totally figured out after one viewing, but it never feels confusing to a level of distraction.

But of course the real star is the martial arts and my god is there a lot on display. Anyone who was a fan of the head smashes and knee kicks in the first film will be oh so pleased. Get ready... this film is about to blow your mind. Now I really want to go watch it again.

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Keith McMillanJanuary 22, 2014 2:45 AM


Mad_Dog_YayanJanuary 22, 2014 2:57 AM

Let the countdown to 28th of March begin

Indra EmcJanuary 22, 2014 5:16 AM

can't wait for this one...

Art VandelayJanuary 22, 2014 7:54 AM

I SO CANNOT WAIT!!!! It makes me feel guilty that I watched the first Raid film for free, with double passes. LOL

mwahahaJanuary 22, 2014 7:54 AM

I know this movie will be so f*cking awesome!
For anyone who bad mouth The Raid Redemption had little or no storyline at all, this movie will have stunned them!!!
Love The Raid franchises... <3 <3 <3

Johnny DJanuary 22, 2014 8:31 AM

So someone fell asleep? Thats not selling it! Lol ok i am really excited nonetheless!

MikeJanuary 22, 2014 12:17 PM


Martin WagnerJanuary 22, 2014 1:21 PM

Two and a half hours. Oh fuck, I hope the distributor isn't planning to cut it down to 98 minutes before release, because Muricans be stoopid.

Thomas ZackJanuary 22, 2014 1:47 PM

They better not, or rabid fans will descend on them and their office will look like a scene from the flick.

OUpory1960January 22, 2014 6:42 PM

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arturoJanuary 22, 2014 7:20 PM

The UK should get the full 148min of no doubt glorious screen time, the BBFC only get concerned over sexual violence so I hope they leave this film alone. I knew the film would get awesome reviews. Now when will it be released in the UK?? Still no dates?

sisoreJanuary 22, 2014 8:54 PM

So envious over those who have already managed to watch this flick there at Sundance

Hendrawan iwankJanuary 22, 2014 10:36 PM

awesomeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!

Theodore WirthJanuary 23, 2014 6:26 PM

And theaters will lose one screening a day due to its length.

BossmanLJanuary 23, 2014 7:45 PM

I need to see this NOW!!!