A review of The Raid 2: Berandal [Flixist] / by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Wherein I admit to not having seen every movie ever made.

The Raid 2: Berandal is the best thing since the pyramids. In fact, you look at a timeline of history, Berandal may as well be the ninth wonder of the world.

Am I being facetious? Yeah, a little bit, but seriously: Berandal is incredible. I saw it at a press screening in New York last week. I learned about the press screening about 14 hours before and was officially given access two and a half. Not being in the city, I rushed like a bat out of hell and made it on time. And I'm extremely glad I did, because the following two and a half hours were mindblowing.

I have a particular affinity to martial arts films (I'm making one myself; true story), so impressive fight choreography excites me in a way few things do, and The Raid 2's choreography blows basically everything else that has ever happened completely out of the water. The point of these "Greatest Hits" things is to add context, but I really just wanted to gush about The Raid 2 some more. For a bit more context, I actually did a video for Flixist about the extremely high score I gave it, what that score means, and why it deserved it. I've embedded that below, so you can watch that if you're curious. And whenever Berandal comes to a theater near you, see itYou'll be glad you did.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7CjuJsuwwk]