Film Review: John Wick 2 by Blade Brown
Plot: Legendary hit man John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Ladies and gentleman, they have done it again! Keanu Reeves returns to his best role since Neo and once again knocks it out the park. John Wick 2 is a bigger and arguably even better spectacle than the first film.
The film hits the ground running with John on the hunt for his car that was stolen from the first film. With a quick rehash of his deeds as “The Bogeyman”, we’re treated to explosive opening sequence which involves multiple car crashes and some nice hand to hand fights, which proves Wick is a deadly man even without a gun. After leaving with his car (what’s left of it anyway) we find ourselves back at his home and notice the dog he found at the end if the first movie has gotten a lot bigger, so quite some time has passed since the events of the first film. After re-burying his equipment, he suddenly gets a visitor from someone who he owes a favor and is here to collect. Initially John refuses. But after his home gets blown up, he reconsiders his options and decides to do one last job. After being double crossed, “The Bogeyman” goes on the hunt to settle the score.
The only negative thing I have to say is that during the middle of the film, the movie does drag a bit. There’s a point where five minutes feels more like twenty. And while the end result does kick-start the rest of the movie’s action, it still basically stops the movie still and slows down the fun you’re having while you watch him prepare for war. Other than that, I genuinely have no issues with this movie. It was a blast!
Keanu falls back into form with ease. The training videos of him that hit the internet last year didn’t do the justice of how good he looks on-screen. The body count is bigger. The action is even crazier. And we finally get to see him kill a man with a pencil. A pencil!! The supporting cast is solid. If they didn’t die in the last movie, they’re back in this movie. But of all the supporting characters, Common leaves the biggest impression. He has two fights with Wick, both are visually stunning. There’s one particular shootout they have before their final confrontation that is downright hilarious. In any other movie, the scene would never work. But in John Wick 2, it fits like a glove.
THE BOTTOM LINE
John Wick 2 isn’t perfect, but it’s damn sure a thrill ride. Other than The Raid movies, this series is easily the tent pole for action movies this decade. Hopefully we get another solid entry and make this one of the best movie trilogies ever made. The rate they’re going, they have a legitimate shot at doing it.
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