Bobba Yaga (The Boogie Man) returns! Keanu Reeves reprises his role as “deaths emissary” John Wick! “A man of focus, commitment, and sheer will”, Wick is every gangsters most dreaded nightmare! Director and ex-stuntman Chad Stahelski also returns to direct a masterpiece of a sequel. Stahelski incorporates every stunt imaginable, motorcycles, cars, guns, explosions, hand to hand combat, and then some.
In the film, Wick (Reeves) is again attempting to retire from being an international killer, when Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) visits Wick and presents him with a marker. The secret society of assassin’s decree that the marker which is a blood oath, must be repaid. Wick has no choice but to accept D’antonio’s instructions to go to Rome and Kill D’antonios sister (Claudia Gerini) so that D’antonio can take her seat at the “High Table” of the world’s top mob leaders.
Look to see a “Matrix” reunion as Reeves and Laurence Fishburne (Bowery King) share screen time. Rapper Common (Cassian) has two excellent fight scenes with Reeves filled with guns, knives, and top notch grappling. Reeves showcases magnificent footwork, take downs, strikes, joint locks, and weapons skills. Ruby Rose (Ares) brings an ultra-cool vibe which makes her muted character very memorable.
Angelica Jade Bastine of rogerebert.com writes: “In many ways, it’s the platonic ideal of an action film”
With a pumping soundtrack worthy of a “BMI Film Music Award” “John Wick 2” is as entertaining as action films get!