The film opens mere hours after the events of its predecessor's finale. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the hunt for his car that was stolen in the first movie. The cuts and bruises we last saw him with last time remain, but he's just as efficient as ever at taking lives. Fast forward a day, Wick (literally) buries his past and settles to live the rest of his life besides his new dog. Unfortunately, John is visited by an old friend, Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who greets him with what is called a marker. Because John is given this marker, he's forced under blood oath to carry out one last mission.
I can't write one more word without stopping to praise this film's action. A few weeks ago, I saw a movie called "Sleepless" with Jamie Foxx (Jack Note: Film Hits Aussie Theatres Next Week So Expect A Review Soon), and all I can recall from that otherwise forgettable film was the shaky, edited-to-hell, and nauseating action scenes. It's a reason I fear action movies, because most of the time, we only see this awful style of filming action that has become the norm. Chapter 2, like the original, chooses a different route and ends up containing some of, if not the best gun-fights ever put to the silver screen. The combat scenes are so damn cool. Every single action set-piece is not only different, but inventive and shot breathtakingly. My jaw was properly dropped during the climactic showdown in an art museum.
Chapter 2 is bigger. badder, bloodier, but it's also funnier. Although the story can go to rather dark places, the film knows when to pump the breaks and laugh at itself a little. There's a scene with Common's character in a public subway that just may be one of the strangest, but funniest things I have ever seen in an action film. Never does the humour feel out of place. The tone is pretty solid. With the film juggling so much, it would be no surprise if the script buckled under it's own weight, but it doesn't. The writing may not be as slick as the original, but it's still an above average script with a whole lot of interesting characters.
Overall, I think John Wick is a better film than Chapter 2, only by a slim margin, but there is no denying this is still one of the best action sequels ever made. It ups the action in ways I didn't think it would and introduces colourful new characters to the world. Hats off to the director, I can't wrap my head around how he managed to film some of the action sequences we see. I cannot wait for the third chapter of John Wick. Hell, I'll take ten more of these films. They're perfect action movies.
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