The Raid 2
|The Raid 2 (Indonesian: The Raid 2: Berandal — English: “Thug”) is a 2014 Indonesian martial arts action crime thriller film written and directed by Gareth Evans; it is the sequel to the 2011 film The Raid: Redemption. The film was released on 28 March 2014. It follows SWAT member Rama, the protagonist of the first film, as he is sent undercover to take down both corrupt police officials and the gangs of the criminal underworld.
Iko Uwais reprises his role as Rama. The film also stars Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, and Cecep A. Rahman. The film also features Japanese actors such as Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, and Kazuki Kitamura. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics worldwide, Stage 6 Films in the United States, and Entertainment One in the United Kingdom.
Bejo, a self-made Jakarta gang lord executes Rama’s brother Andi in the fields outside Jakarta.
After the disastrous raid on Tama’s apartment building, Rama meets with Bunawar, a police officer that was assured honest by Andi. After sending Rama’s fellow survivor Bowo to receive medical attention and executing Wahyu, Bunawar invites Rama to join a clandestine anti-corruption task force which seeks to expose police commissioner Reza’s backroom dealings with the Bangun and Goto gangs. While Rama initially declines, he agreed to join them after learning of his brother’s murder by Bejo and the imminent threat to his family.
Rama assaults the son of a politician who opposed Bangun’s criminal family, earning imprisonment alongside Bangun’s son Uco. Rama, under the alias “Yuda”, saves the mobster’s life during a prison riot. Bangun subsequently hires “Yuda” when the latter’s prison sentence ends two years later. As “Yuda”, Rama proves his value to the organization and earns the family’s trust while rifts grow between him and the unreliable Bunawar, who withholds information from him. Meanwhile, Uco grows increasingly discontented with his father’s lack of faith in his abilities and placidity towards the Japanese, desiring to take on a larger role in the mob’s operations.
Bejo invites Uco to dinner, sharing rumours of a Japanese plot to turn Reza against the Bangun family and allowing Uco to personally kill his prison assailants. Uco subsequently hatches a plot with Bejo to start a gang war that would destroy the Japanese, letting Uco prove himself to his father while Bejo profits from the chaos. The pair use Bejo’s personal assassins to frame the Japanese for killing Bangun’s loyal henchman Prakoso and falsify a harsh retaliation by Bangun. When the families meet to reconcile, Bangun takes an apologetic stance that causes Uco to lash out against his father. Meanwhile, Reza’s corrupt cops attack “Yuda” in reprisal, leaving him incapacitated as Bangun harshly beats Uco for his disobedience.
Bangun’s adviser Eka calls for “Yuda” to rescue Uco from Bangun’s office. While “Yuda” is in transit, Bejo, the Assassin, and Bejo’s henchmen appear in the office. Uco kills his father and shoots Eka in the leg. Before Uco can finish the enforcer off, “Yuda” arrives, stalling Bejo’s men to cover Eka’s escape. After the Assassin subdues “Yuda”, Bejo commands his men to kill him offsite.
Goto, hearing of Bangun’s death and Reza’s betrayal which was organized by Bejo, declares war upon both Bejo’s gang and Reza’s corrupt policemen. After rescuing Rama in a highway chase scene, an injured Eka drives him to an abandoned slum, revealing that he knows of Rama’s true identity and was also an undercover officer. Before leaving the vehicle to Rama, Eka directs him to “put them all down”. Rama calls Bunawar, learning of the gang war’s ignition. Frustrated by Bunawar’s claims that Eka betrayed the police, Rama learns that Reza, his true target, is currently meeting with Bejo and Uco at the restaurant. After extracting a promise to keep his family safe, Rama breaches Bejo’s restaurant warehouse and fights his way through dozens of Bejo’s men.
While Uco and Bejo meet with Reza to discuss their terms, Uco discovers a bug Rama had previously planted in his wallet; he later notices that Bejo bears similar tattoos to the men who attacked him in prison. Upon realizing that Bejo originally tried to kill him to spark the war, Uco suspects Bejo and Reza of colluding against him. Meanwhile, Rama fights and defeats Bejo’s personal retinue of killers – Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Man, and the Assassin – before disrupting the meeting. Bejo throws a shotgun towards Reza and fires his own gun at Rama, but Uco instead kills Reza and mortally wounds Bejo. Uco drops the planted bug on Bejo before executing him with a point-blank shotgun blast, and turns his attention to shoot at Rama, who has taken cover.
Rama, however, overpowers Uco and stabs him with the Assassin’s knife. Uco dies in Rama’s hands and the heavily wounded and fatigued Rama leaves. Slowly returning to the exit of the warehouse, he encounters Goto’s gang, led by Keiichi, Goto’s son. A silent dialogue takes place between Keiichi and Rama, which is also overheard by Bunawar and he learns of the night’s events. Keiichi gives Rama an approving smirk and is implied to make an offer to Rama to join the Japanese side, and the exchange between the two ends with Rama simply stating, “No…I’m done”.