Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick in the second film of the developing franchise. John Wick 2 is a pure genre movie. After a guns blazing opening sequence, the film cools down long enough for the audience to regain their composure and beg for the awesome action sequences that fans fell in love with in the first film.
This film is shot with a much more stylistic approach than the first film which undoubtedly is an effect of the larger budget. Also with the larger budget, the door was opened for a longer runtime of over 2 hours. With the longer runtime comes a much more exposition heavy film. This exposition is mostly explaining this secret society of assassins in the world of John Wick.
This film succeeds most during its expertly filmed action sequences. It is refreshing to see an action film not dependent on shaky cam and quick cuts but rather an excellent stunt team and choreography which was the best part of this movie. Keanu Reeves should also be applauded for doing most of his own stunt work exceptional well at age 52!
While John Wick 2 is a perfectly fun well made action film and a solid addition to the expanding John Wick fictional universe, it feels like it was just a film that was stuck in the middle between the first and the inevitable third. The stylistic approach that this film takes though is rather impressive I thoroughly enjoyed this film and will probably see it multiple more times in theaters, but it did make me miss the simplistic nature and clear motivation of the first film.
***Also the dog doesn’t die so you don’t have to worry!
(Thanks for the love Lionsgate, I appreciate it!)