I was fortunate enough to attend an advance screening for The Raid 2: Berandal, and also a Q&A with the director and stars afterwards. I have so much to say about the film, but I feel as if my friend Derek Jimenez did a fantastic job of summing things up:
Think about the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
Whatever it is, really focus on it.
Let the memory wash over you, take you back to that moment where that giddy tightness floating around in your belly rushed up to your heart & tripled it’s pace, rendering you speechless, senseless, & generally unable to function. The thing that finally connected the abstract concept of elation to the physical experience of it.
Do you remember? Has the feeling been reinvigorated? Is it coursing violently through your veins like wildfire? Are you living it again right this second, experiencing all of the things that simply can not be conveyed to another human being because the happiness is so all consuming and omnipotent that you couldn’t possibly do it justice by explaining it with words!?!?
Because The Raid 2 is the martial arts action film translation of that – bottled up & sprayed out in an extravagant balls to the wall frenetically bad ass brutal as fuck adrenaline fest that will make you remember what it’s like to be the happiest person on the face of this planet.
So Kung fu your ass down to the nearest cinema & prepare to have your face bashed in & your mind boggled by the sheer audacity of a film that grips the shit out of you and doesn’t let go for all 148 impossibly short minutes of run time, and seems far too good to be true.