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Wick is Wicked Good
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
John Wick Chapter 2 delivers much the same feel, tempo and action sequences as the first. It also has much the same idea- John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a lethal assassin who is trying to stay retired only to be pulled back in the game. The movie picks up where the first one left off with a great car and motorcycle chase and an immediate high body count as Wick reclaims his stolen Mustang. This all before the opening credits. The plot is similar to the first one as he's pulled back into the game, this time by Italian mobster Santino D-Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) who demands Wick pay the debt of his blood marker. From here it's mostly Wick and every henchman for hire there is. What made the first John Wick movie enjoyable is it's highly stylized ongoing battles between Wick and the bad guys and here those actions scenes are ramped up and nearly constant. If anything that's the one criticism of this film and that is after a while, all the deaths seem repetitive and more than a little bit ridiculous in his ability to just keep going regardless of sustaining near fatal injuries. There is a sly reunion between Reeves and Laurence Fishburne that has a touch of their work together in the Matrix Trilogy. Also note Reeves did 95% of the fight scenes himself as well as the driving scenes and according to the trivia, he spent three months training for this. I give him credit for dedicating time and energy to throwing himself into the part, and I'm sure emerging with more than a few bumps and bruises as a result. Most actors wouldn't go near this amount of physical action sequences. There is lots of blood with lots of violence but if you liked the first John Wick you should enjoy this return to that world. And the fact that the movie is called Chapter 2 suggests a third chapter won't be far behind.