THE RAID 2.
Saw this last night.
Watched the 1st one and it blew me away. But I was managing my expectations with No.2. I have a built in mistrust of sequels (though there are notable exceptions, Godfather II, Aliens, thou not Jaws 2 that was bad.) So high hopes, but was expecting to be disappointed, especially when I saw the running time was 2 1/2 hours.
Well I have to say its a seriously impressive piece of film making. Forget the complicated plot, this is about one thing. Fights. But it extends them into a beautiful dance, this is no hidden wires ‘Crouching Tiger’ though. Neither does it feature lashings of ‘300 Birth Of An Empire’ C.G.I. blood spurts. Its hard and brutal, but strangely mesmerising. OK this is not a date movie, unless the other half is seriously into hard hitting fights using a variety of weapons; knives, broom handles, hammers, baseball bats, lots of guns, cars, more guns. But its all handled in such a kinetic, dynamic way. Some extras must have been seriously hurt making this film. There are too many brilliant stand out set pieces, each one trumps the last, but the mud soaked prison yard fight is a sight to behold.