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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

movie review by David Blackwell

 

STUDIO: Summit Entertainment/ Thunder Road Pictures/ 87Eleven Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  2-10-2017

 

STARRING Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Common, Ricardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne

WRITTEN by Derek Kolstad

DIRECTED by Chad Stahelski

Picking up soon after the first JOHN WICK movie ended, former hitman John Wick tracks down his stolen car.   The marker he used to get out of the assassin life is called upon by Santino D’Atonio, but he first refuses to and finds his house destroyed.   He takes the one last job of killing Gianna D'Antonio, Santino’s sister.    John Wick flies to Rome to do this job as he expects betrayal might wait for him once he completes this last job.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 ups the body count and outdoes the action of the first film (some impressive action sequences especially the bit in the exhibit or mirrors and light).   Ruby Rose is impressive as the deaf mute killer while Common is sometimes underused as John Wick’s other rival.   This sequel does expand on the world established in JOHN WICK and it even gives a little bit more on Wick’s past.  The new cast members play the parts as best as they can and to service the action in the sequel plus it is nice to see Laurence Fishburne in another movie with Keanu Reeves (maybe we can get Carrie Ann Moss a part for a third John Wick). The climax sets the stage for a third (and maybe even final) chapter in the series.  If you liked the first one or a fan of action movies, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is an action film you should watch.  I hope the third movie will get made soon.

 

This review is 2-15-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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