popcorn 8 out of 10

John Wick 2 reviewThis is a movie review with some moderate story spoilers, but they are necessary for me to make some points.

Keanu Reeves returns to a role that matches his classic film personality in John Wick: Chapter 2. And like the first one, this film is nothing but a fun, gun-porn kind of vengeance film, with Wick dispensing his classic style of justice, at the end of a gun barrel.

The plot described is “After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.”

Chad Stahelski returns to the director’s chair for the sequel, and his own second directorial effort. (Yep, he cut his directorial teeth on the first Wick film). Aside from Reeves, other cast members include Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne and a slew of other familiar faces.

John Wick on Amazon.

In this film, which takes place within a week of events in the last film, John is trying to get out of the life of being an assassin. He has the dog he took from the Vet’s in the last film, and yes, it’s the same (kind of) dog, so someone was taking notes!

But John’s retirement is short-lived because a marker he was given some years ago is called in by a guy named Santino. And despite his not wanting to go back to that life, and after threats of taking a hit out on him, John accepts the contract.

But as he takes out the target, the man who called in the marker, then still tried to have John taken out. But of course, trying to take out John Wick is akin to snuffing out the sun. And sooner or later, John corners him to exact revenge, but Santino is hiding out in the holy ground of assassins and instead of heeding advice to not touch him, well, John was too pissed.

And sets the tables against him for the third film.

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