John Wick: Chapter 2, directed by Chad Stahelski, is the sequel to the sleeper hit of 2014 John Wick, an
d continues right where the first movie left off, with John getting back his car. All seems relatively well, until crime lord Santino D’Antonio comes to his door. Under blood oath, John is forced back into killing, and in turn we get what we want, delicious action.
Like I said, the first John Wick came out of nowhere and surprised us all. An American action movie where you can actually see what the heck is going on? Yuen Woo-ping would be proud. The movie made Keanu Reeves into a legit action star, and an actually engaging story on top of that, even if it’s a simple one.
So, could this movie live up to the unexpected surprise of the first one? Can it do what a sequel is supposed to do, expand on the world of the movie and not be just a re-thread?
If you hoped the answer was yes, then you’re in luck.
Freaking hell, when’s the last time you remember a good sequel to an action movie? Expendables 2 maybe? John Wick: Chapter 2 strikes gold once again and becomes a rare freaking dodo of a movie as it can arguably be said that it is in fact better than the first movie.
It does everything that a movie is supposed to do, expand on the world of John Wick, where everyone in New York is an assassin apparently, and yet still hides John’s past enough to keep his aura of mystery. The action scenes are still some of the best that Hollywood has ever given us, attributed to the director being a stuntman and Keanu Reeves being a badass.
The characters in this movie are all just so slick and cool. You always get this feeling of they’re so much more than what they seem to be. Riccardo Scamarcio as the new villain is slimy, lying, despicable, basically everything we love to hate. Ruby Rose (hot damn) is his bodyguard, and she kicks ass, much better than her appearance in Return of Xander Cage, and rapper Common even has a grueling fight scene with Keanu. Props to him for actually going with it.
Is there anything bad to say about it? Not really. I mean, the worst thing I can think of is some shoddy looking motorcycle crash CGI, although I’m not even sure if it was CGI, so that point might be completely void.
…yeah, I got nothing. It’s just that good.
In conclusion, John Wick: Chapter 2 does what the best sequels do. They continue with the character’s story, introduce new characters and make them not wholly similar to the first ones, and introduce new additions to the world without completely de-mystifying it. Hell, it even pulls the home-run and leaves it open for another sequel, yet you don’t feel cheated on the ending. That’s like a once-in-a-blue-moon thing, and I’m glad to have seen that in the theater. A definite recommendation.