John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 2 – Action Thriller That Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
A sequel to the 2014 hit John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2 is the kind of action thriller that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the very end. The film begins with a car chase that puts every other car chase scene ever made to shame. Given all the positive reviews of the 2014 prequel, Keanu Reeves (Johnathan Wick/John Wick) makes sure he retains his uber cool assassin persona that makes him feared by all. His slickness is further enhanced in this particular franchise of the John Wick series using neat suits. Reeves is the alter ego of every person with the desire to kill.
The first scene reminds us of Wick’s merciless reputation. He confronts the Russian criminal whose men stole his Mustang; although he retrieves it, the car is in an unrecognisable condition as a result of the car chase. Just when Wicks decides to quit being an assassin with the Continental – a network of assassins that has been kept a secret from the outside world – trouble comes knocking on his door in the form of an Italian criminal mastermind, Santino d’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). Santino wants Wick to pay his debt, and orders him to kill his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini) for a seat on the High Table – an international council of dangerous criminals.
Throughout the film, Reeves’ acrobatic moves, stamina and reflexes will keep you hooked. Eventually, you will end up vouching for the fact that he is a superhero. One fight leads to another and Wicks ends up breaking the rules of the Continental. This makes him “excommunicado” around the world, meaning that he is in danger of being assassinated by any undercover criminal from the Continental. This is a hint to the audience that a third John Wick movie is in the making.
Reeves continues to be one of best action film actors in the industry. He is convincing, flexible, and makes the character of John wick seem like a part of himself. The breath taking skills displayed over the course of the film is the primary reason for audiences to feel like they’ve gotten their money’s worth. Only time will tell if the third part is worth the wait.