Returning from a long Letterboxd absence to declare that this is simply a really, really bad film, top-to-bottom, other than the obvious effort that's gone into the choreography and sound design/co-ordination.
The Raid: you go for a curry. The waiter asks if you'd like extra spice. You say 'no thanks', and you also turn down the garlic naan. You have a glass of water instead of a beer, and you walk away, sated.
The Raid 2: you go back to the same curry house, but the waiter insists on vindaloo. You eat it too quickly at first, but you start to slow down, and it's taking ages. It tastes good, but…
I didn't realise it, but I was starting to feel backed into a corner by franchise blockbusters. I caught myself telling people I really liked things like Avengers Assemble and X-Men: Days of Future Past (what does that even mean, btw?), when in truth I'd only wearily semi-enjoyed them. This Marvel/superhero business has cornered the market to such an extent that watching these films are like hanging around in a chatroom or on Twitter - it's all in-jokes, quips, and…