John Wick Chapter 2 is pretty much the same as the first John Wick film. It’s Keanu Reeves killing his way through the “story” until the end of the movie. So basically this is violence porn. Now, I’m not really knocking the film or the action genre per-se but you just should know what you’re going to get when you sit down and bring this one up on HBO.
So, the plot line goes like this – John Wick is supposedly retired, living the good life. That is until someone wants to hire him for his services but then when Wick refuses, the aggressive client does what has to be done to get Wick to pick up his guns. It’s one of those “every-time-I-get-out-they-pull-me-back-in” kind of things. The film does include some dialog here and there, but it’s mostly Wick killing people in a multitude of ways.
I have to confess that it got to a point where the violence became boring. A – I think I’m getting more desensitized to it since we’re exposed to so much of it on a daily basis and B – after seeing so much in the film itself it loses any kind of impact it first had. *Note to the producers – dial it back it a notch action-wise and get some story back in there; jeez, what a bunch of sadists.
The actors are all solid. Keanu is kicking ass as usual and plays the cold and occasionally snarky Wick with his own flair. Ian McShane is fun to watch in here as Winston, the manager of the assassin hotel that provides sanctuary to wayward killers. The talented lineup includes Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, Larry Fishburne, John Leguizamo, and Bridget Moynahan.
If you liked the first John Wick, you’ll dig this one. If you’re not into violence or action, you’ll probably want to steer clear.
reviewed by Sean McKnight