Keanu Reeves is back in business as John Wick in the second instalment of the action-thriller.
Forced out of retirement (again), Chapter 2 follows a similar storyline to the first John Wick. It’s a classic Hollywood action film that grips its audience from the get go, with fantastic sound effects, brilliant fight-choreography that rivals the first film and of course, the ever-wonderful Keanu Reeves.
The film picks up exactly where the last one ends, so there is a lot of continuation and some funny inside jokes that link the franchise together. Despite this, it is certainly not too complicated a story line to follow if you’re a John Wick virgin.
Speaking of story line, this was really the only place where the film faltered; the success of the first film can largely be accredited to its sheer simplicity. Whereas Chapter 2 (which would have been more aptly named Headshots Galore) attempts to flesh out the underground crime world that John Wick so longs to escape from.
While finding out more about the mysterious Continental Hotel’s rules and regulations are a nice addition, there are a few moments where I found my attention waivered, and more than a few moments where I just genuinely questioned the logistics – who would hire a deaf bodyguard? Why is no one bothered about the tens of dead bodies littering the subway stations of New York?
The kill count of Chapter 2 almost doubles that of the first film and it is true to its rating of a 15. Of course, Wick’s beloved ’69 Mustang makes an appearance and it’s nice to see Wick’s new nameless kennel companion from the end of the first film too.
In conclusion, Chapter 2 is a bit “ruff”-er than its predecessor, but to say it’s anything less than a worth a watch would be “bark”-ing up the wrong tree.
All in all, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a great film and I would happily recommend it.