Eleven years after “The Raid” and eight years after “The Raid 2”, martial arts fans – including the author of this article – have long given up hope for a third part of the Indonesian action saga. After all, director Gareth Evans himself destroyed it some time ago when he revealed that he was now dedicating himself to other subjects. After he finally made a foray into horror with the Netflix film “Apostle”, he returned in 2020 with the series “Gangs Of London” to what he does best: action-packed, uncompromising gangster cinema. Over two years later, the war in London’s underworld is finally entering its second round.
The second season “Gangs Of London” starts today, October 20, 2022 exclusively on Sky Atlantic or WOW (formerly Sky Ticket). Two new episodes of the eight-episode season await you every Thursday. Parallel to the premiere on Sky Atlantic, these are always available on Sky Q and on the in-house streaming platform WOW.
» “Gangs Of London” at WOW*
If you want to get started with Season 1, you can’t avoid the Sky offer either. Because you can still find the first season of the series co-produced by the broadcaster in this country exclusively in the programs of the various Sky outlets. If you want to put the series on your shelf, you can still import it from Great Britain (without German sound).
» “Gangs Of London” Season 1 on Blu-ray at Amazon*
It’s worth a look for everyone with a penchant for dark gangster sagas and for friends of hearty action. The choreographies are clearly different from those in the “The Raid” films, but the action is just as powerful and brutal as in the celebrated martial arts hits.
But not only in terms of action, but also in terms of content, “Gangs Of London” is reminiscent of “The Raid”. Because here, too, a cop is smuggled into a criminal organization in order to finally break it up.
In this case, it’s Elliott (Sope Dirisu) who is tasked with gaining Sean Wallace’s (Joe Cole) trust. After the death of his father (Colm Meaney), he finds himself confronted with the task of following in his footsteps and continuing the syndicate that he has painstakingly built up over many years. And Elliott comes around the corner at just the right time to offer himself as a supposedly loyal companion.
In Season 2, a new crime boss enters the scene in the form of the uncompromising Koba (Waleed Zuaiter). And unlike Sean’s organization, which operates under certain rules that have endured in the underworld for many years, he doesn’t believe in a code of honor among criminals. Koba wants to achieve his goals at any cost – and will stop at nothing to do so without batting an eyelid.
By the way, if you want the ultimate “The Raid” feeling, which is only possible for you with the full breadth of martial arts, we have another tip for you here, but you need a Netflix subscription for it:
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