Vic's Flick Picks
John Wick: Chapter 2
(Four popcorn boxes)
Biggest action star of our time. Nobody saw it coming. Keanu Reeves.
This is, of course, a sequel to the hugely popular and truly violent John Wick. Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a retired mob assassin. He is not very good at retiring.
The first time around Wick comes back to “work” when a snotty, entitled son of a Russian big boss steals his car and kills his dog. That cannot go unpunished. Obviously.
This time around, since John is back to “work”, Santino D𠆚ntonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) calls in a marker. That is exactly as bad as it sounds.
After I saw the first John Wick I recommended it to family and friends by saying “this is the most violent and most fun action film I have ever seen”. Chapter 2 lives up to that hype.
I am not kidding, the stylish atmosphere and chivalrous code of honor that is the backdrop of the film is riveting. The Continental (an upscale hotel for those in the business) makes a return appearance along with manager Winston (Ian McShane). Winston and The Continental are the backbone of that code of honor and an integral part of the story.
I will not try to convince you that the storyline or the acting is top notch. However, the cinematography, the action sequences and the special effects more than make up for any lack in story. Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne and Common make brief appearances, but this story is about John Wick. I don’t hate that.
Four boxes out of five for John Wick: Chapter 2. As usual, one worries that a sequel will fall far short of a favored first installment. This does not disappoint. The action was excellent, and once again this was the most violent and most fun action film I have seen in a long time. Probably since John Wick. This film is rated R for strong violence throughout as well as language. Take the kiddies to see The Lego Batman Movie.
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Point Break, Speed, The Matrix, Constantine, John Wick…seriously the biggest action star of our time. Keanu Reeves also stars in my favorite chick flick….this 1995 romance set in Napa Valley.
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