John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is back! With this being the second film of this action-packed series, I would recommend watching the first film to begin with as this could hold some spoilers as to what happens. Find my review on the introduction of John Wick from 2014 here.
Looking sleek in his smart suit, John Wick is returning with a vengeance and he wants his car back. With the chaos that destroyed his grieving state in the first film, John is still fuelled on revenge. With a speedy, crazy beginning, we soon discover that John Wick would rather return to retirement and live a peaceful life with his new dog. But that is not what is waiting for him back at home. Instead, John is left with no choice but to make an explosive decision – he must pay his debt.
Following on from the first film, we’ve learnt that there is one important rule in this hitman life John Wick is so desperate to escape from: There is no blood shed in the Continental Hotel. This rule is still very much present in this second film. But furthering this, we are told a second rule of these deadly assassins: if you give away your marker, you must honour the debt when they come asking. This is what happens to John Wick when Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes knocking with John’s marker safely in his jacket pocket.
‘Chapter 2’ is as crazy as the original film. It’s jam packed action non-stop from beginning to end. When there is little action, there is an interesting development to John Wick’s livelihood and I did appreciate this element. We learn about the mighty ability of the coin from the Continental Hotel, that can achieve almost anything; we hit the underbelly of the city; we explore the influence and power of just the whisper of the name ‘John Wick’. We even get to witness the story that everyone gossips about – how John Wick can kill someone with only a pencil.
Again, this is an action movie. So obviously, it is full of violence and a bit of gore (mostly a lot of blood splatter after shots to the head…). The action is done immensely well and the storyline is extremely simple yet still goes a long way. There is a clear development into the third film and I can’t wait to see what will happen next. So far I’ve appreciated the two first films exploring the world of John Wick; learning about his determination, his obvious skills and this underbelly life. It’s a great escapism film full of action that’s easy to follow and simple to understand. One thing after the other and John Wick really can’t catch a break…