John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.
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The original John Wick was a surprise like for me. It was one of those films I wasn't expecting much out of, but ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It was pretty obvious that the sequel was going to be made and here we are with John Wick: Chapter 2. It just didn't do it for me.
The plot is pretty basic. Nothing too confusing. Someone from John's past shows up and asks him to do a job. John refuses and of course that's when the shit hits the fan. Instead of playing nice they had to go and piss The Boogeyman off. If you watched the first film, you know not to do that.
Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed this film if it was 20 minutes shorter. I'm all for the secret society of assassins in these films and that whole world that we are thrust into. However, when we are subjected to an endless amount of lackeys being subjected to getting shot every possible way, getting limbs broken with hand to hand combat and what not it even grew tedious to a die hard action fan like myself. Yes, folks, it got old.
This film is getting rave reviews. Maybe I missed something. There are some cool moments, but overall, I felt myself getting a little antsy in my seat and wanting to go for a walk with the Pit Bull in the movie.
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I took the first John Wick too seriously, and I apologize. I didn't understand that it was supposed to be ridiculous across the board, and even if Wick himself had a sad backstory, it was really just a generic engine to power the beautiful bloodletting that followed.
In that sense, dialogue in this series is fourth fiddle. Real world consequences of mass shootouts are not being considered in any capacity. Once I grasped those types of things, I was much more susceptible to the beauty that director Chad Stahelski is capable of administering which created a good environment for me to watch John Wick: Chapter 2 in.
Common--one of the main antagonists in this sequel--is a great foil for Keanu. They are kind of mirror images of each other: flat, monotone talking styles, a flair for action but not so much dramatic, couple of cool looking mofos who do better the less they talk. I'm fans of both, no matter how that came out, and it was a lot of fun watching them go at it here. Ruby Rose also pops up as an antagonist, proving she also has the chops to be a bad ass and making me just a smidgen more interested to see what she does in the forthcoming Batgirl tv series.
Wick 2 rolls a little long at 2 hours and small change, but its definitely a fun and loud escape when one is in the mood for those types of extravaganzas.