John Wick: Chapter 2

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Never stab the devil in the back.

Keanu Reeves returns to deliver bullet vengeance in this sequel to the glorious 2014 hit. After his previous stint that racked up a tremendously high body count, John Wick catches the attention of a former associate. Bound by a blood oath to help him, Wick heads to Rome for more no-nonsense butt-kicking. Chad Stahelski, co-director of the first, also returns, as do co-stars Ian McShane and Lance Reddick - alongside new entrants Lawrence Fishburne, Common and Ruby Rose.

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One could easily argue John Wick didn’t need a Chapter 2. This sleeper hit was a crystalline model of B-movie simplicity, a sleek, pleasingly straightforward, self-contained revenge actioner that blessed Keanu Reeves with a career-jump-starting role. But the film’s tantalising, comic booky world-building elements were hard to ignore, teasing at the potential of exploring the larger universe around its characters.

Three years later this visibly upsized sequel does just that, amplifying its secret-society-of-assassins premise to the next appropriate level. It’s a more audacious, visually adventurous effort, matching expertly choreographed knife-to-the-balls Wickian ultraviolence with strikingly Baroque, even hallucinatory, mise-en-scène. Few action films can evoke the neon-glazed urbanity of Michael Mann one minute, and conjure the Gothic spectre of Countess Bathory next.

Perhaps peppered with more franchise-expanding breadcrumb droppings than necessary, Chapter 2 can occasionally feel a little underbaked for its roomy two-hour duration. But luxuriating in its surfaces is an undeniably intoxicating experience. Derek Kolstad’s script throws Wick into ancient Roman catacombs and ornate New York art museums, imagines buskers and hobos as covert killers and underground telcom networks that still use pneumatic tubes, switchboards and typewriters.

Lance Reddick and Ian McShane are welcome returning faces from the original, while Common makes a formidable opponent for Wick (Ruby Rose, as a mute bodyguard, is unfortunately less so). At the centre, Reeves has by now mastered the requisite contours of his character: part cragged-faced bravado of Charles Bronson, part school-of-cool of Alain Delon. Ultimately Chapter 2 transforms Wick’s clockwork, ritualistic headshots into something alternately musical and surreal. It’s the sort of film that sees a perverse ballet duet in a staircase tumble and doesn’t forget the resourcefulness of a well-placed pencil.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Keanu Reeves is back to shoot heads and glower in the inevitable follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit, John Wick.

Total Film (UK)

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As badass B-movies go, this really gets the blood pumping.

Time Out London

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What a stupendously entertaining ride it is.

Empire (UK)

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A brutal, bruising bullet ballet of a sequel that builds upon the promise of the original.

Hollywood Reporter

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Once again, Reeves does not disappoint, fully inhabiting Wick by channeling his rage over life’s injustices into an intensely focused performance.

Variety (USA)

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There’s a quality to the violence here that elevates it above the literal (and reprehensible) nihilism of movies like last year’s “Hardcore Henry,” and instead achieves something more akin to dance.

The Guardian (UK)

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Chapter 2 will pass a Friday or Saturday night as mindlessly as its predecessor.

NZ Herald (Dominic Corry)

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Everything an action fan could wish for.

WICKed cool

Action packed and thrilling from start to end this is a must watch if you're a fan of the action genre and it is a superb follow up worthy of the outstanding original. There isn't much wrong with this, it's pretty fantastic. Keanu Reeves does a great job in the lead role and the rest of the cast are great too. It's witty, punchy, and delivers well.

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Alright.

It's loose and action-packed.


So satisfying.

Such a good sequel, can't wait for the final film in the trilogy. Solid film.


John Wick is back to dish out more hurt

John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up where the first film left off, with action from start to finish. He may be trying to get on with a normal life but killing is what he does best. With a bigger budget, it is a more polished film than the original but is still a raw shoot 'em up with plenty of action. Keanu Reeves is certainly at his best when he lets the action do the talking, not his dialogue. His killing spree takes him to Rome and back to New York, with a couple of tangles with a worthy adversary played by Common. For fans of the Matrix there is also a reunion of sorts with Laurence Fishburne. Plus we get to see what he can do with three men and a pencil. Thoroughly enjoyed and it is nicely set up for a third film.


a tense gun-toting fest

A film that doesn't pretend to be anything else then a complete killing spree with no pointless love interest/slash sex scene to interfere with the sheer chaotic insanity that is 'John Wick' everything you loved from the first but glossier and more intense, dialed up a notch or two. Film made for Keanu as I couldn't see any other actor in the title role, if you are looking for pure escapist violence this is definitely the film for you


Nail Biter

I thought the movie john wick was an excellent movie. It was a nail biter at times and a sad tale of a broken man in another. The movie itself took me to a place that no other movie took me to. a place where i could think about the protagonist and the struggles he faced internally, due to his job and his past. the movie itself entails a detailed character development and envelops a broad story line for all viewers from all backgrounds to thoroughly enjoy. 10 stars!

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Top movie for action lovers

Love headshots? Yes you do. Love Keanu? Of course. Passion for guns? duh! This movie features all that and more. 10/10 action movie worthy as a successor to the amazing John wick 1!


Totally Awesome!

Wow! Went to the preview screening last night and it was awesome! Great cast, cool story, superb action, so many cool stunts. Definitely a great action flick. Can't wait for John Wick 3....


Borrowed a pencil from Wick himself to write this review!

Without giving too much away, this movie is packed full of action, laced with comedic scenes from the likes of Keanu Reeves, Peter Stormare, Laurence Fishburne, and Common and an extremely well behaved dog who will melt your heartstrings who might as well be named Voldemort because no one speaks his name.

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John Wick 2 is brilliant!

Amazing film from start to finish. In the first John Wick, Keanu Reeves beat up New York. In part 2, he beats up Rome AND New York! So many amazing action sequences, but hands down the catacombs sequence is the best. If great action and brutal fights is your thing, then you won't be disappointed. This is the film for you. See it on the big screen.