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Have a blast: John Wick Chapter 2 review by Rashid Irani

The sequel to the 2014 smash hit is a fun surprise, with more punch than all the Fast and Furious flicks put together.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 17, 2017 17:10 IST
Rashid Irani
Laurence Fishburne
In John Wick Chapter two, the hitman has a new dog, dresses in bespoke suits and is equipped with seemingly unlimited ammo.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

Direction: Chad Stahelski

Actors: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio

Rating: 4 / 5

In a week of heavyweight releases like Moonlight and Silence, the stylised, slapstick violence of John Wick: Chapter 2 comes as a pleasant surprise.

This sequel to the smash hit from 2014 is a fasten-your-seatbelts kind of entertainer. The opening crash-bang-burn chase sequence packs more of a punch than all the Fast and Furious flicks put together, and the climactic showdown set in an art gallery’s hall of mirrors is truly mind-blowing.

The premise, as is to be expected, is of little consequence. The super-cool titular assassin (Keanu Reeves, laconic as ever) is pulled out of retirement and travels to Rome to face off against a horde of hired killers.

John Wick is a sequel to a 2014 action hit of the same name.

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This time around, the hitman has a new dog, dresses in bespoke suits with tactical linings, and is equipped with seemingly unlimited ammo.

Bullets fly like popcorn amidst spectacular displays of gun-fu and hand-to-hand combat.

Laurence Fishburne, Reeves’s co-star from the Matrix trilogy fetches up in the role of breakaway mobster with a ragtag army of his own.

A pulp fiction flick of almost operatic grandeur, …Chapter 2 yields one helluva good time at the matinee. Have a blast.

Watch the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2 here