John Wick : Chapter 2 – Film Review

What’s it about?

John Wick Chapter 2 is the sequel to John Wick, a 2014 action film, starring Keanu Reeves as the titular John Wick.

    The film starts off with John getting closure for the events that occurred in the first film and getting back to his life of retirement. But this does not last long as he is revisited by an accomplice from the past calling on John to fulfill a blood oath that he owes. So once again, John is plunged into the world of assassins, a world he does not want to be a part of, but one he the takes to like a fish to water anyway. How John fulfills the blood oath he owes and what he goes through personally while doing this forms the rest of the film.

What’s good?

While the story is pretty straightforward, where John basically goes around killing people for whatever motivations the film throws at him, but where this film truly scores is in the action department. This is an awesome action film. It has some of the best action sequences in recent times. Right from the get go we get to see some pulse pounding action set pieces and this sets the tone for the rest of the film. The action choreography is excellent and does it better than the first film.The film also succeeds in building up the world of John Wick, where it takes what was set up in the first film and builds on it, giving us more than a glimpse into the lives of professional assassins and the code by which they live, however fictional it may be.

    The cinematography is excellent, as the locations of New York and Italy are captured very well and  feel like a character of their own in the film. Usage of music is apt in setting up the mood and giving the film an aura of coolness to it.

What’s not?

While the motivation for John to come out of retirement in the first film was pure and raw, this one has him returning on a technicality. The motivation does not feel as convincing as the first film. Still this is more of a nitpick and does not take away from a great movie going experience.

Performances

In his second outing as John Wick, Keanu Reeves does well. Over the years, he has played the role of an action star with minimal expressions to perfection, and this character is no different. However he goes all out in the action department, getting the rigorous action set pieces spot on. Also, he is there in every scene as the story is told from his point of view and this does not give the other actors much scope to perform, but Ian McShane as the owner of the Continental Hotel, a safe haven for assassins, and Laurence Fishburne as Bowery King, an underground crime kingpin are good in their respective roles. Rest of the cast is decent in their respective roles.

Final Word

An excellent action film, and a rare sequel that is better than the first one. This is a must watch for all action movie fans.

Rating

3.5 / 5 stars


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