Zac Elawar from Capsule Computers writes:
"The Raid 2 (Merandal) is Gareth Evans’ sequel to 2012′s The Raid: Redemption, the Welsh-born director’s highly acclaimed Indonesian action bloodbath. Expanding the scope from a drug lord’s apartment block, to the corrupt streets of Jakarta, The Raid 2 has already received much praise, having its worldwide premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January. The finished product is a reworking of an old idea from Evans and executive producer Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, one that was planned by the duo for production in between Merantau (2009) and The Raid: Redemption, but was too ambitious and costly at the time. Modifying the script to fit within the “Raid franchise”, and with the profits and success The Raid: Redemption had, the team was finally able to realise their complicated vision. While scheduled for wide release on March 28, we were able to watch the Sundance version of the film – with some incomplete sound effects – at a recent screening courtesy of Madman and NIX Co."