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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 277 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 15 out of 277
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  1. Apr 15, 2014
    6
    Gareth Evans abandons the terse claustrophobia of the original film and goes for a sweeping Asian crime epic. Even with 150 (!) minutes, the story fails. Much if the action is great, but even some of that is too big (think the muddy prison yard scene) for the director to handle.
  2. Apr 15, 2014
    5
    Director Gareth Hwu Evans got ambitious this time around and failed miserably. Iko Uwais is back, but instead of the non-stop occupation of a building, he goes undercover in a gang and there's a wasted hour of dull, predictable mobster plotting…in subtitles, no less. When the action does happen, it's still full of wild, brutal fighting. This 2 1/2 hour film needs to be watched with aDirector Gareth Hwu Evans got ambitious this time around and failed miserably. Iko Uwais is back, but instead of the non-stop occupation of a building, he goes undercover in a gang and there's a wasted hour of dull, predictable mobster plotting…in subtitles, no less. When the action does happen, it's still full of wild, brutal fighting. This 2 1/2 hour film needs to be watched with a remote control, so you can fast forward thru the unnecessary dialogue and savor the fights. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I personally was very disappointed with the raid 2.
    Ok the violence is impressive, sort of I suppose, but in 2 as opposed to 1 where it was over the top it still made you want to stay on the side of what you allow or forgive the film for, because it was exciting and tense and the film has you on it's side cheering along in a thrilling roller-coaster ride.
    In 2 the violence is comical in parts( It took 20 men 2 minutes to break a flimsy toilet lock! I mean WTF was that about? The plot is like watching paint dry and is all over the place. Instead of an original exciting film like the raid you get a second rate crime thriller with very few thrills and really bad dialogue and acting.
    The film was too big for all concerned and is an obvious cash in on the raid which was a genuine classic little gem of a film.
    People who are giving this film high marks are kidding themselves.
    Sure if you liked the action of the raid you'll like the action here though it doesn't fit to any plot really, that's if there was a plot but personally I wanted another original thrill ride where all I got was Cliqued silly nonsense with some good action scenes if you took them for what they were, they certainly don't serve the plot as the plot ( laughable ) is only there to serve up the action which is the wrong way round if you want to make great cinema.
    Think of The Hostel and the Hostel 2 and you'll get what I mean by the raid and the raid 2.
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 11, 2014
    60
    This newer installment is every bit its predecessor's match as far as action goes. Where it exceeds it, however, is in the between-the-fights moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Gareth Evans’s sequel to his surprise 2011 hit takes the original’s basic formula – lots of people pounding on each other in close quarters – and simply stretches it over a much longer running time.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 10, 2014
    88
    Miraculously, the new picture makes the old one feel like Evans was just warming up.