John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017
Signed up the 30/03/2017
John Wick : Chapter 2 is an high octane action thriller directed by Chad Stalhelski. The sequel stars Keanu Reeves once again as the solitary assassin along with Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo & Ian Mcshane.
"You stabbed the devil in the back and forced him back into the life that he had just left. You incinerated the priest’s temple. Burned it to the ground. Now he’s free of the marker, what do you think he’ll do? He had a glimpse of the other side and he embraced it. But you, Signor D’Antonio. took it away from him."
After defeating the New York based Russian mob John Wick has managed to find some sort of closure to his dark past & intends to return to retirement once again for good this time around but just as John is about to hang up his cape an old associate seeks out our broody protagonist in order to fulfill a blood oath that he made many years ago. Although at first John vehemently refuses to help he has no choice but to carry out the task given to him as he is bound to honour the blood oath by the rules of the assassins code. John heads to Rome in order to carry out the hit assignment but things go south after our protagonist is betrayed. With his back against the wall Mr Wick does what he does best which is to dish out his brutal brand of vengeance & kill anyone foolish enough to stands in his way.
If you enjoyed the first installment of John Wick then Chapter 2 will not disappoint. The action scenes are the biggest highlight of this film with expertly choreographed action sequences that will keep you the edge of seat as we see John Wick glide through oceans of blood taking out an army of henchmen & assassins without breaking a a sweat. Chapter 2 suffers some of the same problems as the first film though in that it doesn't really have a well written story line which makes sitting through corny dialogue a bit of a challenge & John is still a pretty one dimensional character with zero character development. The first act is pretty long winded (and unbearably broody as we see John yet again lament over his dark past & dead wife) but do not fret because eventually once the second act comes along the film finally comes alive and has you gripped until the very end which is a huge improvement overall from John Wick 1 that had a truly underwhelming climax.
John Wick : Chapter 2 is a great sequel to its predecessor as it upped the stakes this time around & genuinely pushed our protagonist to his limit. The film escalates wonderfully from the second act on wards & gives us a genuinely awesome ending that sets up well for the upcoming third installment of the John Wick franchise so although it lacks in the story line & character development department John Wick Chapter 2 is still thoroughly enjoyable especially if you're a fan of old school action flicks with one "sterring" that kicks everyone's ass.
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