Pure adrenaline, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. That’s John Wick: Chapter 2 summed up in a nutshell. When John Wick released nationwide back in 2014, everyone was taken aback at Keanu Reeves’ performance, the story and non-stop emotion throughout the entire film. This was a movie that came out of the woodwork and quickly grew into a critical financial success. I mean who doesn’t love an action packed film of a former renown hitman that kills every Russian mob member for the theft of his beloved car and the death of his puppy that his deceased wife gave him? That is literally the plot of the entirety of the first film and it was excellent!
So in comes John Wick: Chapter 2. When myself and my friend sat down in the overpriced theater, we had high hopes for this movie. Well, I can honestly say that the sequel didn’t disappoint; this was a movie that delivered and even at times trumped the action that was in its predecessor. This is what a sequel to a high octane, emotional movie should be and delivers its promises to its fans.
John Wick (Reeves) continues where he left off in the previous film: kicking ass and locating his long lost car that was taken from him. Well, needless to say that he finds it, while leaving a pile of bodies in his wake, and attempts to settle back down into retirement with his unnamed adopted canine friend. However his retirement is cut short by a man named Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), a major Italian crime lord who helped John get out of the the life of a hitman years ago and now calls on him for a favor, sealed in blood. Wick is forced back into his previous life and is suddenly on the run after an international bounty is placed on him.
Who would have thought Keanu Reeves still had it in him? From the cult hit Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure to The Matrix, Street Kings and John Wick, one would have thought he would have given up the action packed lifestyle from the type of hiatus he had taken from such titles. Well we were all genuinely shocked when John Wick hit theaters and made us crave more.
John Wick: Chapter 2 delivers what a sequel should be: non-stop action, exquisite and realistic fight sequences and the gun play is just superb. This sequel only adds and betters what the first John Wick kind of lacked, which was very little mind you. The producers, and Reeves, expanded on the character’s backstory, delved deeper into the world of assassins and successfully doubled down on the action that made the first film such a hit.
When you, your family and/or friends have some free time one night, go ahead and see this film in theaters; sure the concessions may be a little much due to the current inflation of theater prices, but the film is well worth it.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is now in theaters.