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.
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.
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