After the success of the first John Wick (a film I really loved), and its supernova ticket sales (which ended up earning double their production budget), I was thrilled to see the green light for John Wick: Chapter 2. It seems Keanu Reeves, after his Matrix and creepy/bizarre love movies with Sandra Bullock, has found his new character. And while we had to wait three years for the new one, boy, oh boy, is it worth the wait!
As we learned from the first installment, John Wick is a highly trained assassin. He's the man you send in to kill the worst people. Upon the death of his wife, and the murder of his dog, he goes on a rampage that would send the average killer running. Chapter 2 takes place one day after the events of the first film. After John has exacted his revenge, he tries to go back to his normal life. But because of a code that prohibits coming back and killing for something like revenge, he is called back to be an assassin. Sent on a mission that promises his freedom upon completion, John quickly discovers that his employer is using him. And then it really gets good! The film stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Lawrence Fishburne, each one adding to a terrific, action-packed story. The fight scenes alone are worth the price of the ticket. And it perfectly sets up Chapter 3, which cannot come too soon, because this film is worth it! The acting is great, the action is fantastic, and the story is so interesting that you want more. My only complaint with the film is the first half is slower than the second. But overall, it is so much fun.
John Wick: Chapter 2 may be slow in the beginning, but its story, performances, and action keep you super entertained. I give it an A-.