John Wick: Chapter 2

Ready for action? This R-rated sequel is just like the first one, so you're gonna see a LOT of action, along with lots of gunfire, vehicular mayhem and blowie uppie stuff. If you pay attention, you'll see humor, too; watch our hero as he gets a new wardrobe (my favorite) and some new weapons, as he prepares to fight in what appears to be the catacombs under Rome. The body count in this one is staggering, even as the fans cheered. We also visit either a high-end art museum or one of the characters owns a house with GREAT art. (Some of the dialogue escaped me; press screenings don't provide closed captions.)

Based on his own story, screenwriter Derek Solstad continues the John Wick saga. Director Chad Stahelski ("John Wick") is back, as well. They know their character and they know their (mostly male) action-loving audience, so the capacity screening crowd knows exactly what to expect from this crew.

The cast:
  • Keanu Reeves ("John Wick") John Wick is still grieving for his beloved wife...but at least he kept that new dog. Now all he has to do is retrieve his car and then give up "the life." Unfortunately he has to go back into the criminal underworld to make good on his marker. He has to kill...who?
  • Common ("The Wiz Live!") Cassian has a job to do, and John Wick will not be allowed to interfere. He has a pivotal scene which clearly points to another sequel.
  • Riccardo Scamarcio ("Burnt") Santino D'Antonio is right where he wants to be if only his sister would get out of his way.
  • Ian McShane ("American Gods") Winston is back; he still runs the Intercontinental and he still does not allow his patrons to use force on his premises. This time we notice that his hotel is part of an international chain.
  • Laurence Fishburne ("Madiba") Bowery King laughs at our hero when he calls on him for help. Instead he teases John about the paltry $7M bounty on his head. Their history together adds to the foreshadowing of that next sequel.
  • Lance Roddick ("John Wick") Our impeccably correct Charon never changes, even when he has to watch that ugly dog for awhile.
As you can see, this R-rated actioner has something for everyone: exotic locations, vehicular mayhem, ironic humor (with very little profanity), new and unique ways to kill or maim (watch those pencils!), and unbelievable gunfire, plus lots (and Lots and LOTS!) of fisticuffs! ...sigh...
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