Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick, who, after getting his revenge in the first film, returns to his normal life outside of the hitman world, but soon must return to repay a debt, and travel to Rome to face off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
With the release of John Wick: Chapter 2, the next film in this epic action franchise, I can already say that 2017 is a great year for action movies. Director Chad Stahelski returns from the previous film to bring us a bigger, badder, and bloodier action film with action sequences that fans only imagine of. If you loved the first film, especially for its bold and exciting action scenes, you won’t be let down by the terrific non-stop action scenes put to film. Stahelski clearly knows how to direct action, especially when it comes to the great set pieces, cinematography, and choreography he’s given. The action scenes in the first John Wick film are only a warm-up for the insanity you’ll see here. The shootouts, fist fights, knife fights, and car chases in this film are all unforgettable and are up there with the scenes from the original film. Keanu Reeves was born for this role, which I knew he was perfectly fit for since I saw John Wick. Watching him fight through henchmen is as entertaining as it gets, with as much excitement, blood, and over-the-top violence you’d expect from this franchise. There are some notable appearances from supporting cast members, including Laurence Fishburne, who just doesn’t want to part with Reeves after The Matrix, and Common, who shares a number of memorable action sequences with Reeves.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is no blockbuster, but it uses its relatively smaller budget of $40 million to create fantastic and pleasing action that audiences will definitely love. There are some ideas the first film hinted at that are explored more here, which seems like something the writer had a lot of fun with. The film doesn’t forget what made its predecessor so great, including certain plot points, characters, and ideas, and especially the uncompromising, non-stop action and gives you everything you hoped for to make this a badass and thrilling sequel. However, there are certain things in the plot that were unclear or too ambitious to me. The protagonist’s motive in the first film is clearly revenge, but here, his motive to fight never convinced me or was clear enough to satisfy what I was hoping for. I feel that the simplicity of the first film’s plot was what made it so great, and although I’m glad this sequel built on the series’ mythology more, it often stumbles with its plot where it needs it the most. That, however, did not stop me from enjoying the hell out of the action sequences in this film. I’m very glad I was able to see a great action movie in theaters again, one in which no Marvel characters have to appear in order to make the film successful.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is sure to satisfy fans of action movies and of its predecessor, including myself. I had a great time watching this film, especially due to its unforgettable and thrilling action sequences, and although it’s not one of the greatest action films this decade, it’s one of the better ones as this generation doesn’t have too many great action movies left to offer. So overall, if you’re looking for an awesome and insane action film, you’ll leave John Wick 2 more than satisfied.