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Not much raid­ing, but lots of awe­some, pulse-rac­ing ac­tion in the mid­dle of just enough act­ing and plot

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The Raid 2 kicks butt and Tom Hardy drives

Welsh­man-in-In­done­sia Gareth Evans’ The Raid was a patchily ex­cit­ing mar­tial-arts-’n’-firearms movie that fol­lowed a big po­lice raid on a tower block and some­how be­came a phe­nom­e­non. The Raid 2, con­trast­ingly, in­volves lit­tle ac­tual raid­ing, but is one of the all-time great ac­tion movies. It’s most eas­ily com­pa­ra­ble to John Woo’s Hard Boiled, with its fa­mil­iar-feel­ing un­der­cover-cop plot serv­ing as a means to move its pro­tag­o­nists from one ac­tion set piece to another. Yet Evans ac­tu­ally out­does the orig­i­nal gun-fu sen­sei, with the flu­id­ity of his cam­era work and edt­ing skills putting you in the midst of the vi­o­lence – of which there is tonnes – with­out ever be­com­ing a blur. Star Iko Uwais is a bet­ter fighter than ac­tor, but given the daz­zling skills he shows, we wouldn’t say that to his face. This film drips cool and blood – it’s a tri­umph. $35 Blu-ray, $30 HD Down­load, out now

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