A sequel of 2011's Indonesian martial arts action movie, The Raid, The Raid 2: Berandal (meaning "Thug") was released worldwide at the end of March 2014. The film follows the main character's journey right after the end of the first movie. This movie was originally director Gareth Evans' dream project before budget limitations forced him to create a simpler movie.After surviving through the ambush at Tama's apartment, Rama, again played by Iko Uwais, seeks protection for him and his family from an honest police officer recommended by his outlaw brother, Andi. It turns out that his family's safety has its price: his own freedom. Rama must abandon his wife and son and goes undercover, looking for evidence of the corruption within the force. However, when the gang he infiltrate faces the threats of conspiring rivals, Rama gets caught within the conflict and has to fight his way out through the worst the underworld has to offer.
Anti-Hero: Bunawar, willing to kill whoever could rat them out in the police force.
Anti-Villain: Bangun is a very wise man by villain standards.
Artistic License - Geography: The snow in Jakarta during Prakoso's death scene. The only snow-covered location in Indonesia is on Puncak Jaya mountain.
Artistic License - Religion: In the first Raid, Rama is shown doing "Sholat", an Islamic ritual, implying he's Muslim. In Berandal, his family is shown burning aromatic candles when mourning Andi's death, which is an NOT a Muslim tradition for mourning the dead.
Adaptation Expansion: Gareth Evans wrote the script for Berandal after filming Merantau in 2008. He couldn't get the funding for it, so he made the smaller-scale The Raid. After the Raid's success, Gareth Evans managed to resurrect Berandal by turning it into a sequel.
Ambition Is Evil: The Mob War is instigated by Bejo, a "nobody" trying to make a name for himself, and Uco, a young gangster who is trying to take over his father's organization.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted. Bejo, Goto, Bangun, Bunawar, and Reza are all powerful in authority, but Bangun, Reza, and Bejo are easily killed, while Bunawar and Goto have no fight scenes at all in this movie.
Carnival of Killers: Bejo employs three assassins with unique fighting styles: Baseball Bat Man, Hammer Girl, and the Assassin.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout the movie, Uco betrays his father's most faithful henchman, his own father, and his fellow conspirator, Bejo. He does all that in the name of ambition and revenge.
Cold Sniper: The prison guard on the roof who mercilessly shoots anyone who tries to escape.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Rama, Prakoso, and the Assassin. They all have superhuman durability from practicing martial arts.
Sinister Shades: Bejo and Hammer Girl. The latter has a good reason for wearing them, though.
Uco and Goto's son are both heirs to major crime families, but with different temperaments.
Rama and the Assassin are both master silat fighters, work for ambitious crime middle bosses, and wear blue close-fitting jackets with short hair. Their fight reveals eerily similar symmetry, especially once Rama gets one of the Assassin's knives.]]
Friendly Enemy: Bangun and Goto has a rather shaky but peaceful truce after years of fighting.
Gambit Pile Up: It involves one Indonesian gang trying to overthrow another, one yakuza family wanting to secure their position, a corrupt police force trying to make a profit from the conflict, and a lone undercover cop attempting to bring them all to justice.
Heroes Fight Barehanded: Most noticeable example is Rama, other characters often use melee weapons, or, though not as prevalent, guns. Contrast with the first film where Rama freely used his knife and baton.
Human Shield: Prakoso’s first victim attempts to use his date as one. It doesn't work.
Ironic Echo: Eka to Rama: "We came from the same place". At first, this might just be a way to say that Eka used to be Bangun's grunt before making his way up, but later, with his dying breath, he reveals that he too was an undercover cop.
It's Personal: Rama's reason to hunt Bejo, the murderer of his brother.
Improvised Weapon: Practically required in a film this brutal. One noticeable example is the broom handle he uses in the mud fight.
I Can Still Fight: With all his injuries, Rama decides to infiltrate Bejo's hideout and miraculously win against everybody in it. It's worth noting that Rama has at the start of the day been attacked by corrupt cops and takes, aside from punches, two nasty cuts to an arm and a leg. He barely has time to treat them before being called to Bangun's office, where he fights and is knocked out by the Assassin. He then fights four guys in the brutal car chase. It's only a few hours later that he launches his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, still injured. And then he keeps taking injuries as he progresses through Bejo's lair.
Improbable Weapon User: Baseball Bat Man. Not everyone can hit baseballs hard and accurate enough to kill a man.
Improv Fu: Used a lot by Rama and Prakoso during their fights.
Jerkass: Uco, who doesn't take kindly to people insulting him.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: At one point Bangun is so outraged with a particularly bad screwup from Uco that he smacks his son around a couple of times. It sounds awful out of context, but it's hard to feel sorry for Uco considering what a Jerkass he's been up to that point, not to mention the screwup in question resulting in a lot of unnecessary bloodshed.
Kill 'em All: Nearly all of the main cast get wiped out at the end of the movie
Laser-Guided Karma: Bejo's head get's blown up at the end of the movie, just like when he commanded his men to do the same to Andi.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The Assassin has karambit (Indonesian traditional weapon) on his utility belt, but he chooses to fight Rama bare-handed. Then subverted, he uses his karambit later after Rama starts to gain the advantage. Ironically, Rama manages to use his own weapon against him, which leads to his death.
Machete Mayhem: Subverted in one fight; even though Prakoso holds his machete all along, he prefers to beat the target's goons with his empty hand, using the machete only against the main target, by stabbing him through a wooden wall.
Made of Iron: Rama, Prakoso, and the Assassin can take a hell of a lot of hits.
Manipulative Bastard: Bejo. He manipulates Uco into betraying Bangun, and according to the clues shown throughout the movie he has been doing it since the very beginning when Uco was in jail.
The Assassin, who gets multiple cuts all over his body and is finally finished off with a slash pulling his larynx out.
Much like Mad Dog, it takes a lot to kill Prakoso. He fights off dozens of men and wins, stumbling out of the nightclub heavily wounded. Then the Assassin comes and finishes him.
Rule of Cool: Why some of the characters don't die so quickly and why fights tend to go on longer than they should.
Rugged Scar: Rama has a scar on his face from the first movie.
Redemption Equals Death: Eka died shortly after choosing to go back to his old side (as an undercover cop) and rescuing Rama, Sadly, he's still a traitor in Bunawar's eyes.
The Reveal: Bejo is behind the failed assassination attempt on Uco in prison.
Reverse Mole: Eka, the former cop that saves Rama during the car chase scene.
Sanity Slippage: Uco slowly goes over the edge as he crosses one line after another.
Serial Escalation: The scale of the story and action of this movie is much bigger than the first one.
Self-Made Man: Bejo. Unlike Uco, his dad is just an ordinary working man.
Self-Imposed Challenge: Prakoso picks up his machete and then fights his way through a horde of bodyguards without using the machete, instead just fighting one-handed until the final guy.
Sequel Escalation: The action is everything you love from the first movie and then some. It even extends to the cinematography, where ghe very first shot of the film is a far wider visual than anything from the first film.
Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: This film posthumously sets up Mad Dog from the first film as the most dangerous character in the series. It took both Andi and Rama to take down an injured Mad Dog in the first film while in this installment, the most dangerous character is The Assassin who Rama himself easily outclasses in hand-to-hand before the karambits are taken out.
Took a Level in Badass: Rama was no doubt a badass, but he still had trouble fighting large numbers, and it took Andy's help to defeat Mad Dog. Here, he's even more badass. That retraining and two years in prison paid off.
Those Two Bad Guys: In most scenes, Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man appear as a pair. They get killed in the same fight as well.