Movie Title: John Wick Chapter 2
Rating: R, 122 minutes of non-stop action and violence
In a Nutshell: Revenge. Huge body count. Cool guns. Lots of violence. Welcome back John Wick.
If you liked the first one, you'll love the sequel. You can tell it's directed by a stuntman, Chad Stahelski. It's a master class in hand-to-hand combat. A movie critic from the Quad City Times described the stylish, slick film as a “ballet of violence.” Well said.
- Persistence, tenacity
Things I liked:
- Cool intro scene with motorcycle image on the façade of the building.
- Rome! I absolutely love Italy.
- At times, there are subtitles, but I have to say they’re very stylish ones.
- Common does a great job as Cassian.
- The legend says John Wick killed 3 guys with a pencil. You finally get to see that skill play out in this sequel.
- The film actually ties up loose ends from the first movie.
- Fans will be happy to see a cliff-hanger that assures another installment in this franchise.
- The trailer doesn’t reveal much of the story. Thank you.
- Keanu Reeves does 95% of his own stuntman. Check out some of the many impressive Keanu Reeves videos on YouTube that show how he trained for both John Wick movies.
- You get to learn more about the criminal “organization” and its underground world. I thought the telephone operators with all the tattoos were hilarious.
Things I didn’t like:
- Some of the scenes take place in dark catacombs, so this film will be hard to watch on a computer screen when it comes out on DVD.
- It’s ridiculous how many fight scenes there are in large crowds, yet the people around hardly bat an eye, let alone move out of the way or scream.
- John Wick has an excellent aim, yet so many of the other professionals keep missing their shots.
- “I’m not that guy anymore.” – John (Keanu Reeves)
“You’re always that guy, John.” – Santino D’Antonio
- “Rules.” – John
“Rules. Without them, we’re like the animals.” – Winston (Ian McShane)
- “So, you have a choice. You want a war or do you just want to give me a gun?” – John
- “Remember, you owe me.” – Bowery King
“You don’t want me owing you.” - John
- “Does he have a name, Sir?” – Charon (Lance Reddick) asking about John's dog.
“No.” – John
- “Never one to waste words.” – Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)
- “I’d like a tasting.” – John (as he tests out various weapons)
- “And the lining?” – tailor
“Tactical.” – John
- “I’ll make it quick.” – Cassian
“I’d appreciate that. I’ll try to do the same.” – John
- “7 million! It’s Christmas! We going to Applebee’s after this.” – Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) It was fun seeing Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in some scenes together again after the Matrix
Tips for parents:
- This is very, very violent, as expected.
- Lots of blood and head shots.
- F-bombs and other profanity.