Debates about how violence in popular culture is ruining the Kids Today aside, there’s something so satisfying, even on a technical level, about impeccably choreographed brutality. The whole wuxia genre of film is based on it; watching tough guys beat up increasingly tougher guys with the grace of ballet dancers is, frankly, stunning to watch.
To recap: The Raid was an Indonesian film in which a cop leads a team of other cops through a gang-infested apartment block, fighting his way to the literal and figurative top on a crusade for justice. In The Raid 2: Berandal, “rookie Jakarta cop” Rama has attracted the attention of “predators far farther up the food chain.”
His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.