This film, much like the first, is freaking brutal. The action sequences somehow manage to up the standards set by the first, adding in more twig-like legs to be snapped off with the pull of a finger. This film is, to put it simply, insane. The stakes have been increased, adding a larger set piece to each fight and a heck of a lot more blood. There's a fight sequence in a muddy prison block that is easily the most exciting, high-octane and cringe-worthy sequence in the whole film, although every action scene could fall under this description. While the first film's short runtime made it non-stop thrills, The Raid 2 has a more lenient runtime, allowing the action to spread and giving us a chance to soak in the awesomeness we just witnessed.
There's a car chase scene in this film that will just blow your mind away, or at least it did mine. The scene is fast and thrilling (I was so tempted to say furious there, but we'll just move on from this wasted opportunity), featuring a whole lot of badass. It goes on and on, all while never lingering at one particular point. It's always adding something new and interesting without going overboard. It's also filmed excellently, if that means anything to anybody.
The only flaw that this film's got is its runtime, oh and the stretched out plot, but I've already mentioned that. The film clocks in at 150 minutes and you can really feel it. The addition of multiple sub-plots, although entertaining, especially when we're introduced to a hammer-wielding maniac, are tedious. They pull the runtime from 100 minutes, the first film, and add an extra 50 minutes onto it, some of which is unnecessary.