Now that John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has avenged the traumatic death of his dog (literally, i was scarred for days by this scene) in the epic action film of ‘Chapter 1’, what could possible happen next? Surely he could leave the assassin life behind as he has once before and enjoy a quiet sheltered retirement? As we know the entire secret assassin world is terrified of the ‘one and only’ John Wick, who would try and mess with him? Who would be so stupid?
What the audience does not learn from the first movie is that John Wick is indebted to someone who may possibly be unreachable to even the almighty John Wick. The only reason he was able to leave the assassin life in first place was thanks to this deal. Now it is time to pay back that debt.
From the word go we are fully immersed in the tremendous action which comes hand in hand with John Wick and it does not let up throughout the entire storyline. Cars, violence, fire, guns, close quarter combat, pencils….you name it. From start to finish there is no resting time. As this plays on John Wick‘s character, we see much more character development from Keanu Reeves as the audience begins to learn more and more about John Wick, something which I now realise was missing from the first film. As John Wick is the target of all as he begins to suffer from the consequences of every single move he makes. As if he is playing a game of chess with only the king remaining – forever running from each decision he makes and has made previously.
There are two things we we can rely on through the John Wick films, one being the love John Wick has for ‘dog’ or ‘boy’ as he has so thoughtfully named. Always at his side or following direct orders – a loyal pooch (which made me quite jealous as I was sat in cinema wondering what my two little s**ts where up to at home…). And the second being the beautiful establishment The Continental. A peaceful home for all assassins and criminals alike.
Overall I would say John Wick: Chapter 2 is a great action film. It is everything you need for those times when you just need an action fix. But it also gives the audience something more through the multiple character engagements – I mean, Who doesn’t fall in love with the humorous (but terrifying) characters of Charon (Lance Reddick) and Winston (Ian McShane)? However, I could certainly live without Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) and Ares (Ruby Rose) as characters, whom I feel both did not belong.
I will definitely be recommending this film to anyone who will listen, and I look forward to Chapter 3!
-That was really good!
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