Just as a recap, the first film brought us a boy has girl, boy loses girl, boy gets a puppy, boy loses puppy and car to a dumbass, boy is pissed and seeks revenge, boy gets revenge story. Typical action film. With a whole lot of bang, bang, pow, punch, kick, flip, stab, stab all in between. Now Chapter 2 begins with him completing his mission by getting his car back and going back home to lock this away and finally be at peace but someone from his past that he is indebted to has come to collect since John Wick has resurfaced. John refuses to pay his debt so once again his life is disrupted in a way that calls for more vengeance and justice. You think he is tired and banged and bruise to fight again. John Wick is just getting started.
In sequels, no matter what the genre, they always give you more than what they brought in the previous film. This movie was no exception. The writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski feels that nothing is broken so they pretty much give you the same tone and story from the original but lots more. The action sequences, the fighting, the gun play, all of it done with style and sophistication was turned up to an eleven. You get to see every punch, every kick, every gunshot to the head. I found myself turning away more than once cause it was just too much. So much fun to watch with added characters for John Wick to play with including Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, OITNB, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. That’s your third movie in the last two months, I see you), Common (Smoking Aces, Wanted), and a reunion with Morpheus himself Laurence Fishburne. You crawl deeper in the rabbit hole into the organization and how the rules work within the assassin world and shown that it is bigger than you thought. No matter what is going on and who is trying to kill who, you as a viewer respects these rules which makes this movie so engaging to watch. You do get a few laughs throughout the film which I thought brought a little balance to the film. There is also a “Fifth Element” like moment when you encounter a party and a singer belts out her wonderful vocals that can’t help but take your attention off of the movie itself.
Since 2014 I have been waiting for the return of John Wick and it was definitely worth the wait. What I love about these two movies so far is this highly trained assassin character John Wick a.k.a. The Boogeyman as well as the return of how action movies use to be. The kind without the heavy amounts of comedy, the gimmicks, and heavy plots. John Wick to me is an action movie that just gives you a character to root for, you just wind him up, release, and watch him go as he brings the pain on anyone who stands in his way.
Folks, the way this chapter ended, I believe you have yourself a franchise and a great action hero that will go down in history as one of the best. I enjoyed this film a lot. I would give this movie an Oscar nom for sound mixing and editing. Let me tell you, without that skillful sound played during these violent scenes they wouldn’t hit you as hard as it did in the movie. Brilliant work. Keanu Reeves gives a great performance as you struggle with him in another mission you know he doesn’t want to be doing. You also believe his heartache and pain he is trying to deal with at the same time. My advice is to check out this movie, especially if you enjoyed the first one. As the film wraps up you will walk out pretty satisfied but wanting more and from the looks of it, they are not done yet. Wildly Entertaining.
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