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John Wick Chapter 2 Review (2017) | Wick Gets a Major Upgrade

John Wick Chapter 2, the sequel to the rampaging action flick is here, and the good news is it overcomes all its past shortcomings. If you distinctly remember the first one, you would remember it to not have a good plot to bank on. Wick learns from his mistakes only this time Derek Kolstad introduces us to the sick world of Wick. We get a better picture into the what, who and how of the movie. There’s a better plot at play and we have something solid to bite on instead of sheer mindless action this time. This makes John Wick Chapter 2 all the very much enjoyable.

Direction of John Wick Chapter 2

Chad Stahelski seems to have suddenly grown into a new avatar. As if he took directing lessons from an expert. His direction focuses on minutiae of a gradual story build up. It delves deeper to scour things that were left out and ignored so much in the prequel that it became a story per se.

We get to see how renowned our protagonist really is and the reason for it. We get to know all about The Continental, and the strict rules it abides by. John Wick Chapter 2 is written in a noirish light making point blank slaughters a delight to watch. The director also chooses to hereby show John Wick fist fight at a lot of junctures to break the monotony of a ceaseless gun frenzy.

The Plot of John Wick 2 (Spoilers Ahead)

To continue the story we have Wick hunting down his stolen car (Boss 429 Mustang), so the movie starts off with a bang. He delivers a fistful to the Russian gang headed by the uncle of Iosef (from the first part), wrecking everything in the process, only to find his car getting decimated to bits.

To progress the plot further we find a crime lord Santino D’ Antonio portrayed by Riccardo Scamarcio trying to coax Wick into doing a job he was obliged to do, as a contract promised on a marker with blood. On refusing Santino burns his house down.

still of Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2 movie

Wick meets Winston, the manager of The Continental hotel, who further clarifies to him that medallion rules should not be broken after which Wick complies. Santino assigns him the job to assassinate Gianna D’ Antonio, his sister so as to take her seat on the “High Table”.

The Double Game

After Gianna chooses to kill herself on finding the very paragon of death at her gates, Wick is double-crossed by Santino. He is ambushed by Ares, Santino’s right hand as he headshots his way out. Cassian, Gianna’s bodyguard played by Common, is, however, desperate to avenge her. He encounters Wick giving him a tough fight only to meet him again later after a death contract of 7 million dollars is released by Santino. After defeating Cassian, John heads to meet The Bowery King portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne asking his help to transport him underground.

On reaching Santino’s ground a fight ensues, wherein Wick kills all his men including his bodyguard Ares. In an attempt to save his life Santino walks under the aegis of The Continental where non-violence is a code that every merc, assassin abide by. Santino mocks Wick saying he intends to seek refuge there forever. Despite Winston trying to stop Wick, he kills Santino breaking one major law of The Continental.

An excommunicado contract is eventually released on John Wick’s name revoking all his privileges and affairs with The Continental. Winston gives him a head start of one hour before releasing globally a contract to kill him. Wick runs into an oblivion as people receive the contract message on their mobile phones. Curtain falls!

Screenplay, Music and Action

Sticking to his laconic roots, John chooses not to waste his words. He lets his bullets talk and if screenplay could be judged by just that, he would have spoken a lot. For an action movie, the screenplay appears fine. The music, on the other hand, is a major improvement. Tyler Bates reprises his music direction job, and weaves a much better music that complements the flick throughout.

Action will give you goosebumps. Gore is written all over it. You see blood splutter every now and then. Head shots and point blank close-ups return here too, as John shows us some real diversity in guns. He shows the intelligent, reflexive and instinctive side of his which makes you want to love him even more.

Concerns

Wearing those action shoes again, there is this one serious yet laughable scene where Cassian and Wick are shooting at each other with silenced guns. Their act of discretion ends up becoming a tad dumb given how they fail to get each other, without disrupting anyone.

Also, it’s a copless world out there, and you sometimes wonder how come no one arrests anyone. Also, it’s amazing how even though there are so many tough guys in the movie, John always manages to get away with a headshot while none of them are able to seriously injure him even.

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The Final Verdict

John Wick Chapter 2 is a much better-revamped version that doesn’t just give precedence to action but stays true to its noir theatrics. It helps us to see John in a much better light and avatar, creating a delectable persona out of thin air. A must watch for every action lover!

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John Wick Review (2014) | Wick is Sick! Dope Point Blank Shots with No Story

John Wick is sick. Go on, you can take the literal one here.  The movie’s target audience is gore action lovers. It has an absurd plot that is laughable per se. The magic however works owing to some extraordinary point blank shots that take you on a joyride. And it just doesn’t stop. There are bullets flying galore and they always hit the target. Headshots! If it weren’t for the close-up non-stop action, John Wick would have disappeared as yet another cliched hero. But somehow it manages to shake off the dust.

Theme and Plot of John Wick (Spoilers)

First things first, you don’t kill the cutest beagle on the planet, that too a pup, in a movie! We are not yet ready for that! But if you do, which as a matter of fact, ‪Theon Greyjoy‬ did, just make sure it is avenged right. ‪Ramsay Bolton‬ are you listening?

Okay, so we already knew the plot thanks to the trailer that spoke louder than ‪Keanu Reeves‬. With thousands of clichéd stories of agents, mercenaries and hit men that are out there, Wick has nothing much to offer. Except one thing – rad action. Headshots, exquisite finishes, gore and Mustang engine revving are sheer orgasmic.

image of Alfie Allen in John Wick movie

To constitute its plot we have John Wick a badass assassin trying to spend a retired life. He encounters a prick named Iosef Tarasov played by Alfie Allen who takes his car and kills his dog. The pup was the last remembrance of his wife who had died of a disease. The whole movie circles around him trying to avenge the pup, his token of love for his wife with whom he had a lot of sentimentality attached.

Viggo Tarasov played by Michael Nyqvist is the head of the Russian crime syndicate and is the father of Iosef. That’s why nabbing him becomes such a pain in the ass.

People don’t change. Times do.

Thus the movie is overflowing with hooligans and it’s up to John Wick to headshot past them to reach the Iosef, and then finally exonerate himself of the main threat.

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Movie Shortcomings

What John Wick flick lacks big time is a proper story-line. Also, the direction doesn’t impress you much either. We often see building shots of the city for like 5-7 times that are downright dispensable. Fight sequences were pretty cool though. Who are the directors again? Stuntmen? Okay. That explains it.

There is literally no drama present in the movie, and the entire movie carries a background beat that goes boom boom, which makes it an effort to concentrate on the dialogues dispersed. The score is well, trance, basically.

It is as if the directors thought – “let’s just build up a huge crowd of hooligans and let Keanu shoot them one by one from different angles, nay make him headshot each one of them, and there will be lots of blood spluttering, and let him drive something kewwwwwl too. While we are at it, let us give him a badass name. John Wick! Has a nice ring to it!”

The Final Verdict

The movie works out great for action lovers. It will keep that adrenaline rush going. It doesn’t score well in the story department. The direction too falters at a lot of occasion. You can watch it if you are an action fanatic and a big Keanu Reeves fan.

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