When The Raid: Redemption came out, it took me three years of hearing constant praise from every critic I heard talk about it, before I actually saw it. I immediately regretted dragging my feet, because it proved to be the greatest martial arts movie I’ve ever seen. Granted, I haven’t seen all that many, but The Raid: Redemption is head and shoulders above the rest. When The Raid 2 came out earlier this year, I was excited, but once again dragged my feet in watching. But this time, for a different reason.
This time, I hesitated because I didn’t want to waste the impact, the thrill of seeing The Raid 2 for the first time. I got anxious, knowing it’s one of those movies where the first viewing would undeniably be the best viewing. But today, I finally felt like the time was right, and I watched The Raid 2. (more…)