Rapid Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

John Wick: Chapter 2

First I want to throw a quick shout-out to the boyfriend of the couple sitting next to us in the theater last night. You got through it – through all your bickering, falling asleep, and violent snoring. Even when your girlfriend kept waking you up with a gentle “let’s just go,” you just gave a nice loud “HUH,” and fell right back to sleep. Expert level stuff.

That’s right, even the adrenaline-pumping thrill ride that is John Wick: Chapter 2 couldn’t keep that guy awake. But those of us with our eyes open were treated to an incredibly satisfying deep-dive into a world that built nicely on top of its predecessor. If you’ve seen the original John Wick, you know the tale. Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a mythically dangerous man who, following a series of tragic events, just wants to live out his life in peace. Peace continues to elude him.

John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up just about where the first film left off, and almost immediately Wick is pulled back into his violent past. From there, the film doubles down on the non-stop action. The carnage is as polished and effortlessly elegant as ever. We get a fun look into the expansive world of The Continental – the underground fraternity of assassins to which Wick belongs. The settings expand from our familiar New York to a sweeping party in Italy as we learn that the group exists on a truly global scale.

Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Lance Reddick, and Riccardo Scamarcio all do a great job joining in on the fun. The movie delivers on everything it promises, and with a cliffhanger ending teasing an even more explosive Chapter 3, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: ***1/2 out of five

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

Runtime: 122 minutes

Written by Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore is an award-winning coach, communicator and producer who has helped thousands of musicians reach and exceed their creative and professional goals. His credits include work with GRAMMY winners, Billboard chart-toppers, and RIAA certified platinum artists.

He received his BA and MS from Boston University and also studied Music Production and Advanced Improvisation at Berklee. Jeff has helped clients earn coverage in countless international media outlets and was a “Top 40 Under Forty” selection for his accomplishments as a young entrepreneur.

Jeff has always had a great love for film and TV, so he's happy to have the opportunity to share his thoughts!

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