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