John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane
Genre: Action Crime Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2017 101 mins. (15)
Released by Warner Bros
In the first film John Wick's (Keanu Reeves) dog died, his car was stolen and he wanted out of the game. John Wick's has got his Mustang back, has a new dog and is reluctantly back in the assassination game. Terrific action sequences, brilliantly choreographed, there's no stopping John Wick.
Italian crime boss Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) adds his own persuasive touch to push a reluctant John Wick to settle a marker. Debt settled, but double-cross and a seven million dollar contract, all comers welcome pushes John Wick's into a no-choice surreal ballet of violence.
Winston (Ian McShane), still runs New York's Continental Hotel, the luxury refuge for assassins, sly smile Charon (Lance Reddick) holds the concierge desk, The Sommelier's (Peter Serafinowicz) on hand to chat about weapons and underground crime lord Bowery King (Lawrence Fishburne) hams it up. Add on a visit to his tailor and John Wick's ready for the game.
Audacious, stylish, with tongue -in-cheek comedic touches, the superhuman, mythical John Wick dispenses with the ordinary villains as he moves towards more able opponents Cassion (Common) and mute Ares (Ruby Rose), would be heirs to the crown. In and out of the shadows, neon lit, pulp action, graphic violence. It's not dialogue or plot driven, it's the OTT action sequences that offer the spot-on bloody, surreal visual feast. Fans will be pleased.
'Whoever comes, I'll kill them, I'll kill them all.'