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John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick, and this second chapter revisits the end of the first movie as a setup for this one. In the first, his wife had died of cancer. After avenging the loss of his car and the murder of the dog given to him by his wife before she died, Wick went into retirement. However, in this film, he is visited by a former colleague who is “cashing in” on a blood oath, thus forcing him out of retirement. He heads to Rome to complete the assignment so that he can finally go into retirement. There is a lot of action – the body count is very high, and we see that John Wick does not need a lot of guns – he just keeps killing people and taking their guns when he runs out of ammunition. The cinematography is beautiful, and there are some scenes that are themselves works of art; it creates another very highly stylized world in which these master criminals eat together, have cocktails together at the bar, and hunt each other once outside of the “safe-haven” hotel. Thumbs up from me for a move that is almost dazzling at times; its visual beauty mixed with the brutal killings creates a most unusual artistry (which is one of the reasons why I rate it as high as I do). I think I liked the first one better, but it is always good to see a sequel that works so well (and more are clearly on the way). This movie is quite violent and clearly not for everyone; if you liked the first John Wick, you will probably like this one also.

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