John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

CHAD STAHELSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5USA/, 2017, , , , Screenplay by , based on his characters.  Cinematography by Produced by , Music by , Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2.

Picking up almost immediately after the end of the exciting first chapter, this second adventure in the life of killing machine John Wick () has him clean up some loose ends before moving on to his bid at retirement.  Never one to enjoy the quiet life for long, Wick is dragged back in to another murder spree when an ambitious gangster () presents him with a job that Wick refuses despite owing the man a favour.  The retribution for his refusal is severe and our hero decides to do the gig he was originally asked to perform, but when that gets complicated by the fact that Scamarcio wants to erase him for the purposes of his own concern over loose ends, Wick gets lit and goes after literally every tall man dressed in black between Rome and New York in a state of pure, prepared rage.  The existence of a sequel is understandable considering that the first movie was a masterpiece and a huge hit, but this follow-up doesn’t benefit from the emotional setup that led the previous entry to a very juicy exploration of revenge: what was one long, continuous expression of vengeance over the pure simplicity the love for a puppy is now an overly complicated, paint-by-numbers plot whose dialogue scenes contribute nothing but filler between fights.  The quality of action and gorgeous neon cinematography are still at at top-tier quality, however, and Reeves is still both sympathetic and imposing in the lead.

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