Review: John Wick – Chapter 2

John Wick 2

John Wick 2

Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Duration: 122 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A Gun-Fu Battle with lots of Action but No Sparks)

Plot:
After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Overall Review:
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second installment of the series (2014’s John Wick) that represents a seamless extension of the original film. All the things that made the first movie so compulsively watchable, at least for high-octane action fans, are once again in the forefront: stylized action sequences, minimal “down time”, and a dry sense of wit. Director Chad Stahelski maintains the tone of the first movie. John Wick: Chapter 2, like its predecessor, is all about testosterone, adrenaline, blood, viscera, and broken bones. It employs a stylized, kinetic method of action, for ex.: The finale is set in a creatively-lit hall of mirrors where no one is quite sure whether they’re shooting at people or reflections. The look and feel of the film is very much in line with the first. It is nice, vibrant colors that compliment the violence and chaos. The sound is absolutely amazing with each gun sounding the way they should instead of using the stock machine gun or pistol sound which is something the original was guilty of at times. At two full hours, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a little stretched out at times, and the paper-thin plot doesn’t provide any substance. Nonetheless, this is a superior sequel that showcases inventive action scenes and a solid turn from Keanu Reeves. The sequel is a fun, frenetic action picture. The last scene of the film sets up a third chapter (hopefully to be the most exciting thing of all).

Performance & Technical Review:
John Wick is a character that’s well suited to Keanu Reeves. He’s the strong-silent type, he’s an unstoppable force one moment and pretty vulnerable in the next. Keanu slips into this role again and delivers some more solid work. Riccardo as villian is better than the original John Wick. His character makes some questionable decisions but he is more menacing in the sequel. Ruby Rose was aequally good. She fits into this genre excellently and she also shined in her reserved yet physical role. Laurence Fishburne seemed to be so happy to be there, he looked like the cat who swallowed the canary and he was chewing the scenery the whole time. The choreography was tight, the gunfire was loud and explosive and fighting packed the requisite punch. The cinematography was pretty interesting and the locations they picked accented those scenes perfectly. The action bits were also well balanced, they were gory when they needed to be and they were fun to watch.

PDF Verdict:
John Wick: Chapter 2 has everything an action fan could possibly want and believe me it is one hell of a sequel. Do not forget to sharpen your pencil, You May Need It….Do not miss this ‘Gun-Fu’ Battle.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A Gun-Fu Battle with lots of Action but No Sparks)
Performance: 4.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
Production Designs: 3 on 5

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