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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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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.
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.
Chapter 2 will pass a Friday or Saturday night as mindlessly as its predecessor.
Compared to the massive scales of CGI'd blockbusters, John Wick and its sequel offer more cohesive doses of ferocious thrills.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the apotheosis of a 3 a.m. cable wallow. And loving it doesn't corrupt you.
Despite the long takes and the wide angles, the traumatic violence looks like expertly realized C.G.I., combined with elaborately sampled stunt work.
The action is great, which helps viewers to overlook the many holes in the plot.
If you're looking for a fun 2-hour escape from the world, this is it. End-to-end action, tension, and WTF moments. Chapter Two is just as good as the first, if not better.
While John Wick: Chapter 2 has plenty of engaging action, it's the layering of nuance and detail that really elevates it.
Chad Stahelski and Keanu [Reeves] not only match the merits of the first film with John Wick: Chapter 2, but even exceed the first in many forms. John Wick is back!
... Stahelski crafts something that's all at once modern and timeless.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is all about confidence, confidence in its concept, its own internal universe, and its lead.
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.
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.
Absurd, action packed thrill ride. Keanu did a great job once again. Action sequences make up for the lack of story.
After the surprise hit with a very fresh take on action films a sequel was probably inevitable. The film actually does a decent job of faking a story, but in the end (the beginning too) it mostly wants to show you some more of Reeves stoically and effectively shooting dozens of people at point blank. That's still very well done, now in different and more unusual locations, like the Roman catacombs. But in the end you can't help but feel you've seen this before, both earlier in the film and of course in chapter one. That's still entertaining enough but for part three they'll really have to think of something new.
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