Grosse Point Geek – John Wick Chapter 2
Taking place immediately after the explosive finale of the last film, not quite retired hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is reluctantly called back into action after an old acquaintance calls in a long forgotten blood debt. Naturally things go spectacularly sideways, and Wick (plus cute pet dog) finds himself double crossed and on the run with a multi million dollar bounty on his head. Cue explosions, stabbings, various bouts of bone crunching fisticuffs and more bullets fired than in the average war.
Released two years ago, John Wick Mark 1 was a surprise sleeper hit at the box office, audiences lapped up its simple but effective revenge plot and brutal, balletic action sequences. It also proved to be somewhat of a career boost for Keanu Reeves who’s previous big budget film was the massive flop that was 47 Ronin.
With this sequel we get more of the same only on a bigger and bolder scale. To begin with the script is very well written, the photography is superb and the performances are all excellent – Reeves once again doing good work as the sorrowful, angst ridden Wick, Lance Reddick and Ian McShane also impress as the the elegant concierge and manager of the wonderfully opulent Continental Hotel – the go to neutral haven for assassins the world over. New additions to the cast are welcome too – Lawrence Fishburne, Common and the fantastic Franco Nero all have great fun with their roles, each chewing the scenery with real gusto.
Special mention must also be given to director Chad Stahelski who makes full use of an increased budget to stage some of the best and most violent action sequences we’ve seen on screen for ages,. No where is this more evident than in the last half an hour where the seemingly indestructible Reeves cuts a swathe of bullet riddled death and destruction through New York City that left me breathless . In short folks – with John Wick Chapter 2 we have an action film that is made for adult audiences who dont need to be wrapped in cotton wool – which frankly is something that was highly refreshing after the toned down 12A/PG-13 nonsense that is all too frequently churned out year after year by studios too afraid to take a risk. Indeed this is the type of film that those godawful Taken sequels and last months stunningly dull Assassins Creed should be aspiring to. As we have seen all too often with the likes of The Raid, Kill Bill and even Rogue One – a dose of good old fashioned arse kicking violence never hurt anyone – so to speak.
Highly recommended – roll on Chapter 3
Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek