John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.

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In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers.

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Critic Reviews for John Wick: Chapter 2

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  • Basically this is a film about nothing, but you could also call it art for art's sake, with some of the most elegant action since the 1980s heyday of Walter Hill.

    May 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • John Wick laid out the basics of its codified criminal community, but Chapter 2 builds from them an intricate world that has the claustrophobic quality of any professional industry.

    Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It is such a hoot, watching him shoot everyone in the nightclub. He shoots them in the face, under the chin, through the temple. Blam! Blam! Blam! Screams! Gore! Death!

    Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Chapter 2 will pass a Friday or Saturday night as mindlessly as its predecessor.

    Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • Compared to the massive scales of CGI'd blockbusters, John Wick and its sequel offer more cohesive doses of ferocious thrills.

    Feb 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • John Wick: Chapter 2 is the apotheosis of a 3 a.m. cable wallow. And loving it doesn't corrupt you.

    Feb 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Wick: Chapter 2

  • Dec 29, 2018
    So I watched both John Wick One and Two yesterday. I'm glad I did -- I think, cuz no more any nightmares -- yet. I like Keanu Reeves, and I thought he'd disappeared. Yeah, I get that he loves his Mustang, but when those bastards kill his puppy, even I wanted all of them dead -- although I gotta say these movies were both kinda more violent than I care for. Dude, when you've got John Wick tied up, why in the whole wide world do you have John Wick tied up? Geez, Louise, you know he's a killing machine, so when you have the advantage, why don't you kill him immediately? Kill him before he inevitably kills you. Think, folks, think. K-I-L-L John Wick, you I-D-I-O-T-S. Hollywood, I tell you. Wick's guaranteed target is the head. Every single time. A hundred times in each movie. So even if he's shot someone five or six or more times already, and broken every bone in the guy's body, notice how he still makes sure to plant one in the head as a final "Let me make sure this guy's dead." In the brain, like the way you kill zombies. Is it just my perception that most guys can't aim, but John Wick could hit a fly sitting on the moon? Geez. Of the hundred and two or hundred and three folks he kills -- in each movie -- maybe two or three of them can shoot with a teeny tiny bit of accuracy. Lucky for John Wick, because the bullets are flying every-freakin-where. A word of advice: Don't get into knife fight with John Wick. You will lose. And then he might shoot you in the head, just to make sure you've lost. John Wick is definitely into the martial arts, and having watched University Lab School grad Enson Inoue (mixed martial artist in Japan specializing in Brazilian jiujitsu), I know that Wick employs the arm bar on several occasions, although he definitely uses a mix of types, not just jiujitsu alone. The same way someone like Jet Li mixes styles to fit the purpose and the choreography of a particular situation. Oh, and I don't think you can understand some of Two without seeing One, so I suggest you watch One first. Oh, and Three is on the way. Oh, and he does steal a new dog in Two, and his totaled Mustang is in the shop getting repaired in anticipation of Three. John Leguizamo boasts he can fix the Mustang, but you know they're just gonna use a new one in the next movie. John Leguizamo is no car repair guy. He's an actor, for goodness sake. Yeah, they'll just use a brand new Mustang that looks like his old one. I'm pretty sure. Cuz that's a hell of a lot of body work. Plus they would have to find a driver's side door, plus who knows what, yeah? I mean there's totaled, and then there is T-O-T-A-L-E-D. One little anecdote. My mom and dad really wanted to see Speed, but it had already left the theaters. How they got turned onto it, I don't know. So for Christmas I bought them the VHS tape. The three of us watched it together. When it ended my mom said, "That Reeves boy, very good-looking. Too bad he can't act." I think about that every time I watch a Keanu Reeves movie. Can he act? I don't know. I like him no matter.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2018
    You know, oftentimes, being gone so long, I've wondered if I'm going to remember how to do this. It's silly, really, but that's something I've legitimately thought about during this forced hiatus. I may be a bit rusty. Then again, you can never be rusty if you were never good in the first place, amirite? With my usual self-deprecating humor out of the way, why don't we move on to the review. And what a hell of a movie did I pick to come back with. The original John Wick was an unexpected success with both audiences and critics. It offered kinetic, and very violent, action for adults. I don't wanna say it opened the door, but its success made it OK for major studios to take a gamble on R-rated action films. I don't wanna say that its success made it possible for movies like Logan and Deadpool to be greenlit, but it gave those films' writers/directors more creative leeway with a studio that may not have been fully sold on an R-rated superhero movie. The fact that Deadpool was a major hit, in fact it's the most commercially successful R-rated movie of all time ($783 million worldwide, seriously). Logan, also massively successful ($616 million worldwide, which makes it the third most successful R-rated movie of all time behind Deadpool and It, respectively), has been called one of the best superhero movies of all time by many people. So the risks have paid off. I don't wanna say that it can all be traced back to the original John Wick's sleeper success, but it certainly helped a bit. Which brings us to my thoughts on the first movie. I was a big fan of the action, I thought it was very well executed (pardon the pun) and the editing was tremendous. The noir vibe of the film also helped quite a bit. I wouldn't say it's the most unique action film of all time, in terms of how it's set up, but it uses its influences to create something that still feels fresh and its own. The main problem that I had with the first film is that I found the whole movie to be too one-dimensional. And while I enjoyed the action tremendously, it didn't really blow my mind like both Raid movies or Fury Road did. I just felt that the movie gave you what was necessary in order to get you invested and then gave you very little else in terms of world-development and exploring the assassins' guild that John once belonged to. Having watched this film, now it comes across that this was by design. Because this movie definitely makes up for that as it explores the guild, its hierarchy and their rules while still keeping the same kinetic and exciting action that made the first movie such a success. One of my biggest worries, and this was something I thought about as I was watching the film itself, is that expanding the world of John Wick and its characters to that of a more international approach, let's just say that John owes a favor to the man who helped get him out of the hit man life and that mission takes him to Rome, might have over-complicated things? I don't know if that's what I'm trying to say, but the first movie was a much more personal vendetta for Mr. Wick, as a result of the murder of his dog that his wife got him prior to dying. They did take that away here and replaced it with a more worldwide approach, but I don't think it actually hurt the film quite a bit. While it's still not as personal of a 'story', if you can call it that, Wick is still very much haunted by the death of his wife and the movie does a good job at keeping that alive in its sequel. In most movies it would just be a plot device that would be forgotten in the sequel, but not here and that's certainly very welcome. The narrative isn't anything impressive, but it gets the job done as an action film. John is forced back into the world to complete a job for a man, who wants his sister's seat on the High Table, which is like the Governing Body of the Assassins' Guild. Once John completes his job, naturally, Santino (the main villain) betrays him and sends his goons to eliminate him. John kicks their fucking ass in an amazing scene taking place in the catacombs of Italy. This kicks off John's mission of vengeance against Santino. Santino, having taking over his sister's seat on the High Table, puts out an open contract for $7 million, for anyone in New York, on John. This leads to another highlight series of scenes where John fights multiple attackers at different moments. Long story short, the film climaxes with John breaking one of the Guild's cardinal rules, which leads to him becoming excommunicated from the Guild, which means he loses access to all of his privileges afforded to him by being a member of this group. As a result of him ***SPOILERS*** murdering a member of the High Table, the remaining members have doubled Santino's contract and offered it globally. Prior to this, as he's escaping from pursuers, he enters into an uneasy alliance with the Bowery King, who has eyes and ears everywhere. The Bowery King is played by Laurence Fishburne in an incredible, albeit very brief performance. His appearance there is clearly meant to pay off in Chapter Three, since John is going to be hunted down by assassins from all around the world. And I think, outside of the impressive action sequences, which are still as top-notch as ever, the movie manages to work as both a standalone story and serves as a small taste of things to come, because I assume Chapter 3 is gonna be insane, with everyone in the world (or at least those who are members of the guild) converging in New York city to hunt down and kill John Wick. I'm honestly really fucking excited for the sequel now, but it doesn't minimize what this film sets out to do. That's not easy to accomplish, but they accomplished it here. They tied up a few loose ends from the original in the intro, establishing who John Wick is and recapping the original film's story, tells its own story of John's betrayal, revenge and excommunication from the Guild and sets up the sequel perfectly. It was quite brilliantly handled, if you ask me. Keanu Reeves is Keanu Reeves, you know what you're getting with him, but damned if he hasn't taken this role and completely owned it. There may be considerably better actors than him out there, but Keanu Reeves will always be John Wick. I digress, I felt this was an improvement over the original in pretty much all the ways that it needed to improve upon. It built a more compelling world that expanded on the assassins' guild, added new wrinkles to the story that feel like they're going to pay off in the third movie, while not taking anything away from this installment and it featured even more kinetic action. I can't really complain about this, this is a great action movie and a great way to come back after being unable to watch a film for 5 months. If you love action films, you really can't go wrong with this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2017
    An exhilarating sequel that does justice to the first movie by expanding this fascinating world of criminals and assassins to another level with its rules, scope and reach, while at the same time offering us more amazing fight scenes, deaths (lots of them) and set pieces.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2017
    More blood must be shed in order to get out of the assassin world in John Wick: Chapter 2. After settling up with the Tarasov family retired assassin John Wick is ready to return to a peaceful, quiet life, until an old friend shows up with a marker demanding that he honor it by killing one of the members of the High Table. Once again Keanu Reeves gives an excellent performance, making Wick an incredibly compelling character who's a tortured soul that adheres to a strict code of honor. And the fight choreography and gun-fu are extraordinarily well-done and remarkable intense. However, the worldbuilding is a little convoluted, with nearly everyone being some type of assassin (or part of the supporting infrastructure). But despite a few small problems, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a thrilling, non-stop action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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