At first, in taking a different approach than its relentless predecessor, this sequel's heavier focus on gangsters and undercover cops might seem like a detriment. Any fear of this is quickly removed, though, as action scenes still occur as frequently as they can, and their quality is equal to, if not superior to, the first film.
And given a more open setting than the first film's dingy apartment block, The Raid 2's fight scenes are able to stretch out -- taking place in muddy prison yards, restaurants, cars, offices, kitchens, and more; with combatants often incorporating found objects and furniture as weapons.
A larger cast of villains also adds to the wanted chaos, and the intensity of the fighting is aided by some expanded cinematographic scope -- complete with some sheer genius camera movements and angles. This film is just as essential as the first for action and martial arts fans.