In The Raid: Redemption, Iko Uwais's Rama (better known as "the main, awesome cop guy") manages to take down an entire skyrise full of violent thugs and ruthless criminals. Now, for the sequel, he's taking down "the entire underworld," because beating the shit out of more people thankfully counts as character growth in these films. Also, this time Rama's undercover, so now he'll be clandestinely beating the shit out of all those people. Shhhh, don't tell. He's trying to clean up the entire underworld!
The 2011 cult hit The Raid was built around the idea of the action all taking place within the rising stories of a criminal-run apartment complex--a conceit so effective it was quickly repeated by Dredd. But for the sequel, director Gareth Evans was given a higher budget, and t... / Continue →
Gareth Evans' 2011 The Raid quickly became an action classic thanks to its intense, brutal martial arts scenes paired with a simplistic plot borrowed from early video games: ascend levels; beat up dudes; kill the boss. For the sequel, Evans seems to have complicated the plot sl... / Continue →
If 300 was the divisive band whose 2006 debut album, for better or worse, practically invented its own violent, herky-jerky sub-genre, then it only makes sense how 300: Rise of an Empire now catches us up with that band nearly a decade later.
They long ago lost their lead--and... / Continue →