Entertainment Hive 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2

Review by Honey B

Director: Chad Staheiski Cast: Keanu Reeves, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, Thomas Sadoski, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose Plot: In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hired gun John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Verdict: John Wick: Chapter 2 takes this thrilling action sequel to a whole new level – with frenetic action and an insane body count. This film is a superbly choreographed, non-stop action ballet that takes place in a hail of bullets. The cinematography of this film is superb from an arty gallery of mirrors to the catacombs of Rome and stylish hotels. It’s an assassin’s opera. In the original 2014 film, John Wick wants out of the business and he killed about 80 or more people to do so. This time around Italian mobster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) has come searching for Wick’s special set of mercenary skills and he has a blood marker with him. Wick just wants to retire but D’Antonio is relentless and so starts a war between the two men, but first Wick must honour his blood marker and travel to Rome to fulfil his duty and kill a powerful crime boss on the High Table. Reeves is impeccable dressed throughout the film and there are so many wonderful scenes that take us behind the velvet curtain of an assassins life. An assassins’ life has strict rules that must be abided by and Ian McShane is beautifully understated as Winston who runs the Continental Hotel and lives strictly by the rules and believes in the honour amongst assassins code. This is shown in the scene where fellow killer Cassian (Common) and Wick must put their fight to bed once within the confines of a Roman hotel – the pair even share a drink. Highlights include the powerful scene where Wick comes to kill his beautiful mark (Claudia Gerini) in Rome and the ladies in accounts payable where bounties are called in and activated. This film feels like Reeves, who performs most of his own stunts, must kill a city full of assassins and killers, but he is certainly up to the task. As much as this movie is soaked in blood it’s a delicate dance with amazing visuals in a sophisticated world full of rules. (Films are rated out of five stars)
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