MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

All former elite assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to do is retire in peace with his dog and his car and reminisce about his lost past with his late wife. Unfortunately Camarro leader, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio ) has called in a chip that must be satisfied if John will have any chance of a future.

Unfortunately the person Santino wants John to kill is his own sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini) in order to take her seat at the High Table and killing her isn’t without consequences.

If you liked the first John Wick you will like the second John Wick as it’s more of the same. Magnificently choreographed fights, mountains of skilled opponents, including Ares (Ruby Rose) who is deaf but deadly and some very impressive sets. The fight that takes place in the hall of mirrors is unbelievable.

It was great going back into the underground world of The Continental and discovering that it is just one of many Continentals. The scene where John chooses his weapons and outfits from a menu was more fun than any Bond/Q interaction than I have ever seen and it is fun to imagine that these kinds of secret societies actually exist (they probably do). I loved the idea that there was a network of homeless people using their invisibility to run their own underground society. And the best part of that was seeing Reeves reunited with Lawrence Fishburn who plays their leader.

You take the free seat!
No, I insist you take it!

There’s nothing you could really call a story line or character development but I am not sure if that’s what anyone is watching John Wick for. I admire Keanu Reeves for riding the wave of his agelessness and living his fifties action star life. For some reason I find him way more believable than Tom Cruise.

If you want some popcorn action fun, John Wick: Chapter 2 is what you need to be able to turn off your brain. Obviously there is now a John Wick: Chapter 3 that I have yet to check out, although not sure if there is any more left in the format.

3/5

2 Comments

  1. I haven’t seen the first one yet, so skipped the review down to your 3/5 score. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Definitely start with the first one!

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