John Wick: Chapter 2, directed by Chad Stahelski, is the kind of action movie the world always needs. Chock full of breathtaking, bone crunching hand-to-hand fight sequences, gun battles, and overwhelming badassery, Chapter 2 shows us that the action movie, when done correctly, can be a thing of true beauty. The movie likely won’t be all that impressive to people who aren’t into movies where people are repeatedly shot in the face at close range, but then those people clearly have problems that entertainment has no hope of solving.
The movie once again stars Keanu Reeves as John Wick, the lethal assassin who just wants to leave the assassin world and live a quiet life in his fabulous house with his dog. After retrieving his stolen muscle car from the terrified Russian mobster Abram (the great Peter Stormare), killing a bunch of henchmen, and engaging in car combat that basically destroys the car he just got back, Wick buries his assassin gear in his basement and tries, once again, to live a quiet life. But then Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), an Italian mobster of some sort, shows up at Wick’s house to ask for his services. Due to some “assassin’s code/criminal underworld rules” hooey involving a debt owed and a fancy marker, Wick is obliged to repay his debt to Santino. Wick, though, doesn’t want to participate, even if he is obliged by the code to follow through. So then Santino blows up Wick’s house, destroying everything inside of it, including several pictures of his dead wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan). Naturally, this pisses Wick off, and Wick decides to go kick Santino’s ass. Wick tracks Santino to the Continental, the swanky hotel that caters to members of the criminal underworld. While at the Continental Wick talks with Winston (Ian McShane), the hotel manager who seems to know all of the rules that the criminal underworld is meant to follow. Wick finds out that, because of the rules, Wick has to follow through and honor his marker to Santino. If Wick doesn’t, Wick’s life will be “forfeited.” So Wick agrees to accept Santino’s marker and do whatever the heck it is Santino wants him to do. I won’t give any more away and I know I should of said Spoilers!
John Wick: Chapter Two has impressed all of the film industry to IMdB with a rating of 8.7/10 to the Box Office, where it pulled in an impressive $30M opening weekend. Keanu Reeves impressive performance along with the car chases creates a brilliant sequel and could set up another John Wick film.
Worth Seeing?: Yes