John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2


Never stab the devil in the back.

Keanu Reeves returns to deliver bullet vengeance in this sequel to the glorious 2014 hit. After his previous stint that racked up a tremendously high body count, John Wick catches the attention of a former associate. Bound by a blood oath to help him, Wick heads to Rome for more no-nonsense butt-kicking. Chad Stahelski, co-director of the first, also returns, as do co-stars Ian McShane and Lance Reddick - alongside new entrants Lawrence Fishburne, Common and Ruby Rose.

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One could easily argue John Wick didn’t need a Chapter 2. This sleeper hit was a crystalline model of B-movie simplicity, a sleek, pleasingly straightforward, self-contained revenge actioner that blessed Keanu Reeves with a career-jump-starting role. But the film’s tantalising, comic booky world-building elements were hard to ignore, teasing at the potential of exploring the larger universe around its characters.... More

Three years later this visibly upsized sequel does just that, amplifying its secret-society-of-assassins premise to the next appropriate level. It’s a more audacious, visually adventurous effort, matching expertly choreographed knife-to-the-balls Wickian ultraviolence with strikingly Baroque, even hallucinatory, mise-en-scène. Few action films can evoke the neon-glazed urbanity of Michael Mann one minute, and conjure the Gothic spectre of Countess Bathory next.

Perhaps peppered with more franchise-expanding breadcrumb droppings than necessary, Chapter 2 can occasionally feel a little underbaked for its roomy two-hour duration. But luxuriating in its surfaces is an undeniably intoxicating experience. Derek Kolstad’s script throws Wick into ancient Roman catacombs and ornate New York art museums, imagines buskers and hobos as covert killers and underground telcom networks that still use pneumatic tubes, switchboards and typewriters.

Lance Reddick and Ian McShane are welcome returning faces from the original, while Common makes a formidable opponent for Wick (Ruby Rose, as a mute bodyguard, is unfortunately less so). At the centre, Reeves has by now mastered the requisite contours of his character: part cragged-faced bravado of Charles Bronson, part school-of-cool of Alain Delon. Ultimately Chapter 2 transforms Wick’s clockwork, ritualistic headshots into something alternately musical and surreal. It’s the sort of film that sees a perverse ballet duet in a staircase tumble and doesn’t forget the resourcefulness of a well-placed pencil.Hide

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BY OscarSM superstar

Action packed and thrilling from start to end this is a must watch if you're a fan of the action genre and it is a superb follow up worthy of the outstanding original. There isn't much wrong with this, it's pretty fantastic. Keanu Reeves does a great job in the lead role and the rest of the cast are great too. It's witty, punchy, and delivers well.

BY PercyM superstar

It's loose and action-packed.

BY Sam-Cray grader

Such a good sequel, can't wait for the final film in the trilogy. Solid film.

John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up where the first film left off, with action from start to finish. He may be trying to get on with a normal life but killing is what he does best. With a bigger budget, it is a more polished film than the original but is still a raw shoot 'em up with plenty of action. Keanu Reeves is certainly at his best when he lets the action do the talking, not his dialogue. His killing spree takes him to Rome and back to New York, with a couple of tangles with a worthy adversary... More played by Common. For fans of the Matrix there is also a reunion of sorts with Laurence Fishburne. Plus we get to see what he can do with three men and a pencil. Thoroughly enjoyed and it is nicely set up for a third film.Hide

A film that doesn't pretend to be anything else then a complete killing spree with no pointless love interest/slash sex scene to interfere with the sheer chaotic insanity that is 'John Wick' everything you loved from the first but glossier and more intense, dialed up a notch or two. Film made for Keanu as I couldn't see any other actor in the title role, if you are looking for pure escapist violence this is definitely the film for you

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The Press Reviews

  • Once again, Reeves does not disappoint, fully inhabiting Wick by channeling his rage over life’s injustices into an intensely focused performance. Full Review

  • There’s a quality to the violence here that elevates it above the literal (and reprehensible) nihilism of movies like last year’s “Hardcore Henry,” and instead achieves something more akin to dance. Full Review

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