John Wick: Chapter Two (2017)

Plot: John Wick’s quiet retirement is soon put to a halt when an Italian gangster shows up on his doorstep insisting he repays past favours. Wick reluctantly agrees and returns to being the ruthless assassin that he is.

Director: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, Laurence fishburne, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, Common.

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It’s taken me a long time to get round to watching this film and now I’m filled with such regret. It was so good, why didn’t I watch it sooner? I had a sense of neo-noir when watching this film and I love neo-noir. The colours were popping.

It’s two hours of thrills, action and horrific violence. What more do you want in a John Wick film? It was brilliant and packed full of drama. There are some really gruesome scenes in this sequel. One of which I had to look away from, it was too much and made me shudder. That’s not a bad thing though. The film is brutal and I like that. It’s not afraid when it comes to the violence it portrays.

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Some of the action and fighting sequences were sublime and exciting. The film opens amidst a fight sequence. You’re thrown straight into the action and that’s one of the things these films do so well, they don’t waste time. They get right down to it.

Crime films that are more active than they are dialogue really do it for me. They’re the best types of films to watch because you’re on a rocky rollercoaster and you have no idea when or where you’re going to get off.

I got so nervous when seeing the dog because I didn’t want history to repeat itself. I couldn’t see another dog die. When the house blew up and the dog was inside I was just like please not again. Thankfully they didn’t kill the dog. I don’t think I could have handled that.

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I love it when sequels do better than its predecessor because it is such a rarity in this business and John Wick: Chapter Two was definitely received better than the first one. I’m incredibly excited for Chapter three which is set to be released in 2019. The second chapter ended on a cliffhanger so I’m excited to see where we’ll pick up again with John. I’m not afraid that the third instalment will be a letdown, especially after how good this film was, I reckon the third one will do even better than this one. Here’s hoping anyway.

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