Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 Doesn’t Sell Fans Short

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2 (Niko Tavernise)

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2 (Niko Tavernise)

Nothing compares to a good revenge-driven movie series, such as the action-packed John Wick series. Keanu Reeves returns with an incredible performance in the sequel to John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2.

If you didn’t see the first movie in the series, I will give you a short recap. John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a retired hit man, also known as Baba Yaga (Boogey Man), is brought back into the game. John Wick is set off after the son of a Russian mobster kills his dog and steals his car just a few days after his wife dies. The movie unfolds into an hour-long revenge sequence of Reeves killing many men in many creative, bloody ways.

The continuation of John Wick in Chapter 2 has a similar but extremely different plot. The film picks up immediately after the first one: Wick, still bloody and bruised from the first movie, is approached by a man from his past. The man is there to collect on a marker, forcing Wick once again out of retirement to honor this favor. This mark sets forth a series of events that leads to a hit being put out on Wick’s head. Now, imagine a movie where the best hit man in the world is being hunted by every other hit man throughout lower Manhattan, one of these hit men being famous rapper Common. Add a shit ton of blood, loud gunshots and an extremely long staircase, and you have John Wick: Chapter 2.

When sequels come out, I am always very skeptical of how the film will turn out. John Wick: Chapter 2 isn’t over the top, and it doesn’t sell short. It is just perfect. The film is full of the type of action you would expect from the follow-up to the first of the series. They give you Keanu, one gun and two fists. The rest is self-explanatory.

With a film series built around the concept of revenge, there is only so far you can go with it. To our surprise, this film seems to be leaving itself open for a Chapter 3. Who knows? At this rate, they may even be able to do a Chapter 4, 5 and 6. The film was so incredible I may end up having to see the film another three times this weekend.

Lastly, I want to remind you: John Wick once killed three men in a bar with a pencil. A freaking pencil!

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John Wick: Chapter 2
Summit Entertainment
Now in theaters

5 Stars

Films are rated on a scale of 5 stars (must-see), 4 stars (exceptional), 3 stars (solid), 2 stars (average) and 1 star (unworthy).

Taylor Wong is a Staff Photographer and Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering arts and entertainment.

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