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John Wick Chapter 2 Movie Review

Updated on February 9, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

John Wick Chapter 2 picks up right where the first left off. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is finishing his mission that he started and, once done, again attempts to leave the hitman life behind. But yet again John's past comes to haunt him. When John initially wanted to retire, old friend Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio) offered him a deal using a marker. A marker is essentially a blood oath between two people. Santino helped John get out of the hitman life if John swore to help Santino one last time at any point in the future. John refuses and that's when all hell breaks loose.

There are two rules you can never break in the hit business. One, no business will be conducted on continental grounds (which is basically the headquarters for the heads of the twelve mob families. It's considered sanctuary for anyone in danger) and two, markers must be honored no matter what. So even though John has lost everything, quite literally, he has no choice but to pull one last job.

The film itself was remarkable. The fact that Keanu did his own stunts, both driving and fighting, made the film feel all the more real. The acting was spot-on and the casting was perfect. Oh, and a little Easter Egg for all you Keanu fans out there, there's a fun reunion between Keanu and Laurence Fishburne in the film. When Laurence says, "You probably don't remember, but we met a long time ago..." I couldn't help but smile.

I do warn you that if you are susceptible to motion sickness, take something for it before you go see this. The final showdown takes place in multiple rooms filled with mirrors. Now, when I say filled with mirrors, I mean it literally. The floor, the walls, the columns, the fake-out walls - all mirrors. The multiple motions going on all at once made me a little queasy and I don't get motion sickness. So, just be wary of that.

In conclusion, the only complaint I really have is the fact that the further the film went, the more detached from reality it became. Could one man realistically take down hundreds of highly skilled goons? Sure John is the best of the best but after getting cut, shot, stabbed, and stitched only to repeat the process again seems like it would wear a man down to the point where he couldn't get up. I guess that's why John Wick is feared by so many. I wouldn't want to get on his bad side. I give the film a 3 out of 4.

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      Alec Zander 

      5 months ago from Sylva, NC

      Alyssa - I understand what you're saying, but if movies were meant to detach us from reality, then films like Detroit or Saving Private Ryan would have never been made. There are two types of films in the world: realistic and fantasy. Marvel would fall under fantasy while John Wick might have a foot in both worlds. Movies are meant to parallel our lives and draw inspiration from them. John Wick teaches us that no matter what we have to face our problems head-on, bloody and exhausted, instead of rolling over and letting them kill us. So yes some films are meant to be realistic and some aren't. Was John Wick meant to be realistic? Probably not, but I think it's more than fair to at least discuss it.

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      Alyssa Gripshover 

      20 months ago from Kentucky

      Nice article but I have to disagree on something. I don't think it's fair to discuss the reality of a film when people go to the movies to escape reality. If it's not liked because it doesn't seem possible then iconic movies like Indiana Jones and anything from Marvel wouldn't have made it. There were lots of things in John Wick 2 that were impossible, surviving explosions and car wrecks and such but there was a lot more about it that makes it stand out awesome and artistic. The fact that the sequel didn't skip a beat and flows seamlessly with the first is a feat it's own but the attitude of every character, the acting was impeccable, the costumes ,while redundant it seems, made the scenery and background all the more enjoyable. I loved the film so much I went and saw it twice! The music was inspiring and I would recommend it to anyone (over the age of seventeen) to watch to get away from every day mundane reality.


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