I don’t think I’m the only one who has said that the 1st John Wick was a huge surprise as far as entertainment goes. While I personally don’t think Keanu Reeves is the best actor out there, you can’t deny the man’s skill at fighting and killing people on screen. It also known that Keanu Reeves does a large portion of his stunts in many films, including in his best action series, The Matrix.
Continuing from where the previous film left us, John Wick returns the criminal underworld. This time it’s not about revenge but simply repaying a debt and if there’s a large bounty on his life in the process, so be it.
This is a film that surprisingly enough outdoes the previous film (which seems to be rare nowadays). How did they do this? Sounds simple, but the answer was by creating a deeper character (only a little bit is required)- a man who is simply not interested in returning to old life and fighting for freedom. One bigger plus is…
The action. All fight scenes here are taken to another level. Not just as far as the John Wick series goes, but this is some of the best action I have seen Keanu Reeves do in his film career. This film provides what feels like a triple-digit body count thanks to John Wick uses of a fast car, shotgun, machine gun, fists and to top it off … a pencil. John Wick: Chapter 2 has so much action that no one in the cinema could possibly complain. It’s one thing to explain HOW much action the film has as a positive, but allow let me to announce that the action scenes are filmed beautifully. With so much action going on, all scenes are filmed perfectly and well-timed. At no point did I feel dizzy or like I was missing out on something due to poor camera work. The audience gets to see and hear it all. Some of the action scenes are so different that I personally laughed out loud because I was having so much fun. This film accepts that it cannot be taken seriously for the whole duration and that it’s ok to have a bit of fun when making an action film.
Overall, John Wick: Chapter 2 has a simple plot which takes one strong step further into the character’s world. The action scenes alone are applauded worthy and full credit goes to Keanu Reeves who completed 95% of the action scenes without the request of stunt doubles. Buy popcorn and watch this with a group of friend and enjoy the ride.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden