John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Common
Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 2 min.
Back in 2014, John Wick came out of nowhere and blew our freaking minds. It introduced us to a cool new underworld assassin club complete with a code of conduct, hallowed ground, and its own currency. It put Keanu Reeves in a role perfectly suited for his talents, and delivered slickly shot action and lots of fun surprises. In short, it was awesome, and I had to have it in my Blu-ray collection.
All Chapter 2 had to do was give us more of the same, and expand on the world setup in the original. I’m happy to report, it does.
The surprise factor isn’t there anymore, but this sequel is still a worthy continuation of John Wick’s story. It gives us a wider view of the assassin’s organization, and explains John’s past connections and obligations that fuel this adventure. Everything makes sense within the world set up in the film, and I especially loved how old technology was repurposed to run worldwide communications to member assassins.
Is it as good as the first one? Not quite, but it’s still worth watching and I’ll be happy to put it next to the original in my Blu-ray collection later this year.
It’s simple really, if you enjoyed the first John Wick film, you should be entertained by the sequel. Expect well shot bloody action, some nice nods to the original film, and a few cool surprises.
The final action scene takes place within modern art exhibit. Lots of neon and mirrors. It looked fantastic. Kudos to Dan Laustsen (cinematographer – Crimson Peak).