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Film: The Raid 2: Berandal
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.

The film prvoides the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man's parents. A detail which is only revealed in their off-screen background.
  • Action Hero: Rama.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Rama calling his wife, Isa.
  • Action Girl: Hammer Girl.
  • Action Dad: Rama and Prakoso.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Prakoso, who dies at the hands of the Assassin.
  • Anyone Can Die: And how. They started the movie by killing Rama's brother, and most of the main cast is dead by the end of it.
  • 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.
  • Arrested for Heroism: Rama, zigzagged.
  • Artifact Title: There isn't a police raid central to this movie.
    • An official one, at least. In the climax, Rama leads a One-Man Army Raid against Bejo's restaurant
  • 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 film, 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.
  • All There in the Manual: The backstory of Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl was not shown in the movie.
  • 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Uco by the end of the movie after realizing Bejo tried to kill him.
  • Back for the Dead: Andi shows up in the beginning, only to be unceremoniously killed by the Big Bad.
  • Badass: Nearly everyone in the main cast.
  • Badass Beard: Prakoso.
  • Badass Crew: Bejo's assassins: Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Man, and the Assassin.
  • Badass Grandpa: While Prakoso is a father, he definitely looks old enough to qualify for this trope.
  • Badass Driver: Eka. Bejo's men count too.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Eka as well.
  • Badass Moustache: Bunawar.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: With Bangun and Bejo dead, the Japanese mob has free reign.
  • Batter Up: Baseball Bat Man, complete with actual baseballs.
  • Big Bad: Bejo is set as one early on by murdering Andi.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Bejo and Reza, the police commissioner responsible for the events of the first film.
  • Bigger Bad: Reza's superior supervisor, who is played by Pong Harjadtmo.
  • Bad Boss: As seen when Uco abuses the innocent worker who gives him tissues.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Prakoso has this and is one of the reasons why his wife doesn't want him to see his son.
  • Becoming the Mask: Eka, the other undercover cop, who decides to be Bangun's loyal man after his failure.
  • Benevolent Boss: By all accounts, Bangun is this for a mob boss.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: The ending shows Rama bleeding from multiple wounds, standing opposite the Japanese mob, and saying, "No... I'm done". However, a third film has been announced.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rama may be a kind, quiet man who cares for his comrades and family, but he will still kick your ass to next Tuesday if you get on his bad side.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The film has much more blood spilled than the first film, especially during the final fight where karambits are used to splatter blood everywhere.
  • Blood Knight: The Assassin is delighted at the opportunity to square off with Rama a few times in barehanded combat. Only once he starts losing does he resort to using his knives.
  • Book Ends:
    • The film starts with Andi getting shot in the head with a shotgun. In the end, Bejo receives the same fate.
    • Rama receives another cut to the face from a bladed weapon, this time on the opposite cheek.
  • Born Winner: Uco and Keichi; their dads have authority and they are feared for it.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Andi, Bangun, and Bejo, meet their ends.
  • Break Them by Talking: Uco does this to the karaoke hostess
  • Brother-Sister Team: Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man
  • Catch Phrase: "Throw me the ball!" by Baseball Bat Man to his victims as he moves in for the kill.
  • Call Back: When attacked by crooked cops, Rama uses a broken bottle to slice up one's leg, exactly like he did against bad guys in The Raid.
    • Rama defeats the Assassin the same way he and Andi defeated Mad Dog: Slashing his throat.
    • "Yuda" is used as Rama's undercover name. Remember Merantau's main character played by Iko Uwais? Yuda.
  • Car Fu: In the car chase, as well as when Rama launches his assault on Bejo's restaurant.
  • The Cameo
    • Pong Harjatmo as Reza's supervisor.
    • Hengky Solaiman as Andi and Rama's father.
    • Fikha Effendi as Isa, Rama's wife.
  • 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.
    • Reza starts out by allying with Bangun, then switching with Goto behind the former's back, and finally with Bejo himself.
  • 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.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Rama hugs the Assassin and Uco before killing them.
  • Cultured Badass: The Assassin, who uses an Indonesian weapon called a karambit.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Assassin killing the already-wounded Prakoso easily with his karambits.
  • The Dragon: Being Bejo's best henchman, the Assassin is this to him.
  • Dark Action Girl: Hammer Girl.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much darker than the first film and delves into the underworld of sleaze, corruption, and bloodshed.
  • Death Faked for You: Rama is listed as MIA from the ill-fated raid in the first movie. It allows him to pretend to be a convict and befriend Uco in prison.
  • Drop the Hammer: Hammer Girl, who uses a pair of prying hammers.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: There's many of these. Eka’s epic Car Fu, after being shot, is perhaps the most notable example.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Rama, who assaults Bejo's compound with absolutely no weaponry other than his fists.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones
    • Bangun is plunged deep in his dirty business as mob boss, but very much loves his son, Uco, and doesn't want him to be in danger.
    • Prakoso is a Professional Killer who wants nothing more than to reunite with his estranged son.
    • Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man have cared very much for each other since their troubled childhood years.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Baseball Bat Man fights with a baseball bat and Hammer Girl with her trusty hammers.
  • Eye Scream: There's a reason why Hammer Girl wears those shades. It ain't pretty.
  • Evil Cripple: Bejo must walk with a cane and Hammer Girl is deaf.
  • Evil Genius:
  • Establishing Character Moment
    • The moment Bejo kills Andi shows just how bad he is.
    • The Assassin's first fight against Rama shows how he's the most dangerous fighter in the movie.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The plot is propelled by the ambitions of two rival gangs.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Eka, Uco's right hand man, was a cop in undercover mission who changed his allegiance out of desperation and disillusionment.
  • Facial Horror: The mook who ends up face-to-face with a stove. Later, Rama's beating of the Assassin leaves the latter's face a bloody, red, and swollen mess.
  • Fake Shemp: Wahyu in his one scene is never shown clearly to hide that the actor didn't return for a greatly diminished role that saw his character killed off with no last words.
  • Fan Disservice: The woman with the huge strap-on at the porn den.
  • Fallen Hero: Eka, a former undercover cop who disgraced the police force and decided to be part of the gang for real.
  • False Flag Operation: Bejo's plan to pit the two crime families against each other.
  • Fatal Family Photo:Prakoso's photo of his son.
  • Foil:
    • Uco and Goto's sons 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 have 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Bunawar, who coldly executes Wahyu for knowing too much.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Rama has a scar on his cheek from being cut in the previous movie. Hammer Girl's right eye is terribly scarred, forcing her to wear sunglasses to cover it up.
  • Gorn: This movie exceeds the first one in this department. Yes, really.
    • A highlight includes Rama killing Baseball Bat Man with his own bat. The bat stays lodged in his mouth, even after he falls over.
    • And Uco impales Benny's throat with Bejo's box cutter.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: There are quite a couple in this film. One example is Andi's execution, where the movie cuts immediately to the title right after he gets shot.
  • Handicapped Badass: Hammer Girl is deaf, mute, and half-blind.
  • Happy Ending Override: While the first movie didn't exactly end on a high note, Andi and Rama come to some sort of understanding. Then Andi gets killed in the intro to the sequel.
  • Hidden Wire: Rama uses this to spy on Uco.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eka bleeds out in the abandoned city after taking many shots from saving Rama.
  • He Knows Too Much: Bunawar's reason to kill Wahyu
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: All three of Bejo's assassins are killed with their own weapons.
  • How We Got Here: The film starts be intercutting Rama in prison and flashbacks to what led him there.
  • 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.
  • Just Got Out of Jail: Rama, two years later.
  • Just Hit Him: A variation; Rama in his fight against the Assassin tends to prolong the fight by not delivering the finishing blow even when he had multiple opportunities to do so.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Andi get shot in the head while pleading for mercy from Bejo.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Hammer Girl in the subway fight.
  • 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. And Uco still plans to betray his father in the end as well.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rama, Prakoso, and the Assassin are all capable of dishing out lots of pain while moving incredibly fast, and they can swallow a lot of punishment too.
  • 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.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Hammer Girl is the only woman who loses her life in this movie.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The shot of Ryuchi shooting someone point-blank in the head while passing on an escalator is not in the film.
  • The Mole: Rama becomes this in order to expose the corruption rampant in the city.
  • More Dakka: Eka's solution to a gunman attacking him? Unload a machine pistol point blank in his face.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Realizing how hopeless his cause is, Rama decides to end the gang war once and for all by killing Bejo and Reza.
  • Neck Snap: Happens multiple times.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Bejo, whose only direct kill in the entire movie was one of his henchmen by mistake while trying to kill Rama.
  • No Name Given: Out of Bejo's assassins, only Hammer Girl has a proper name in the end credits. It's Alicia.
  • Nice Hat: Bunawar.
  • Nice Guy: Rama refuses to do something with the karaoke hostess even though Uco tries to force him to. He even tries to defuse the argument Uco was having with the hostess.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Bejo really shouldn't have killed Andi. It gives Rama the motivation he needs to go undercover.
  • Nerves of Steel: Rama who managed to handle his brother's death, two years in prison, and being a mole in Bangun's mob.
  • Noodle Incident: Rama beats up a corrupt politician's son to get into prison. The movie doesn't show how he does it, or the events that lead up to it.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: Unless you understand Indonesian.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Bunawar is the old to Rama's young.
  • One-Man Army: Rama, Prakoso, and Bejo's assassins.
  • Posthumous Character: Jaka and all of his squad (except Bowo and Rama) appear as dead bodies stacked in the police van.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Bangun prefers to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. Uco dismisses this as weakness.
  • Product Placement: Rama's "Smartfren" phone card.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Hammer Girl and her brother Baseball Bat Man. They killed their abusive father and were taken in by the mob as children, which may explain their rather childlike behavior.
  • Put on a Bus: Bowo.
  • Punch Parry: A staple of the main martial art used in the film.
  • Professional Killer: Prakoso and Bejo's assassins.
  • Rated M for Manly: All of the fights, even the ones with Hammer Girl in them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rama and Uco.
  • Rasputinian Death:
    • 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.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters:
    • The Japanese gang led by Goto in Indonesia. Bangun treats them very delicately. As far as we can see, though, they're not that bad.
    • Bejo, the primary villain, is explicitly stated to be half Arab.
  • 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.
    • The Assassin tests his silat against Rama barehanded, even pausing the fight to square off in a number of poses, before he resorts to using his knives.
  • 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.
  • Sinister Shades: Bejo and Hammer Girl.
  • Sibling Team: Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man, obviously.
  • 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. Then again, Rama has been through a fair bit of training since the first film, and Taken A Level In Badass.
  • The Speechless: Hammer Girl, who is incapable of talking.
  • Smug Snake: Bejo.
  • Snow Means Death: Prakoso dies under the falling snow in Jakarta.
  • The Sociopath: Bejo, who sees everyone as a tool to further himself up the food chain and nothing more.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Andi is killed in the opening scene. Wahyu is killed not long thereafter.
  • Sword Drag: It's not exactly a sword, but Baseball Bat Man does this in his first fight.
  • Theres No Kill Like Overkill: You ask, "Wouldn't one shot/slash/punch to the throat be enough?" and the movie answers, "Nope."
  • 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.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Eka.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Bangun and Goto both don't make it a priority to deal with Bejo.
  • The Voiceless: The Assassin never talks in the film.
  • Token White: Zack Lee as Bemi.
  • Tranquil Fury: Rama at the end, after having to leave Eka behind to die.
  • Undying Loyalty: Prakoso, he served Bangun for thirty years and was still fighting for him until his death at the hands of the Assassin. He is also loyal to his family.
  • Villain Respect: Goto's son, Keiichi, is impressed by Rama singlehandedly taking out Bejo, Reza, and all the henchmen protecting them.
  • Weapon of Choice: Prakoso uses a machete, the Assassin wields a pair of karambits, and Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man use the weapons that made their names known as such.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Uco is constantly complaining that his father does not respect him enough to give him more authority in the organization.
  • Wham Shot: Bejo having the same tattoo as the prisoner who was hell bent on killing Uco.
  • The Worf Effect: The Assassin, in his first appearance, kills Prakoso quite quickly.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Prakoso is already severely wounded when the Assassin catches up with him.
  • World of Badass
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Rama doesn't pull his punches against Hammer Girl. At all.
    • Uco assaults a karaoke hostess when she takes offense to his insults.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Yayan Ruhian, who plays Prakoso, also played Mad Dog in the previous film.
    • Very Tri Yulisman, who plays Baseball Bat Man, also played one of Tama's guards in the previous film.

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