After the 2014 surprise action hit, Keanu Reeves returns as “Death’s very emissary”, John Wick.

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Almost three years after the first film, Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (now as producer only), Keanu Reeves, and other returning cast members join forces once again to give us this action packed film full of entertainment and headshots.

Set shortly after the end of the first film, John Wick (Reeves) is visited by Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scarmarcio), the man who helped him retire/live a normal life. He asks Wick to assassinate a high ranking official of an assassins’ guild in order to seize control of it. Bound by a blood oath or mark, Wick reluctantly agrees.

The best thing about the John Wick franchise is its action sequences and fight scenes. Every scene of gun-fu and hand to hand combat screams of action and adrenaline. Wonderfully choreographed shoot ’em up made shooting someone a crimson poetry in motion. Not surprisingly, the action gets better and bigger. And we finally see Wick dispatch someone with a pencil!

The music provided by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard contributes well to the final product. The action scenes feel more engaging as each beat or note echoes.

But none of the action would sell to the audience if not for Keanu Reeves. This guy delivers in every scene he is in. Watching some of his training in Youtube made the action scenes all the more believable. It only shows how far Reeves is willing to go to make this film as authentic as possible. Also, Reeves’ stoic expression is just perfect for Wick’s character.

Lastly, I just love how the film unwraps the hidden world of assassins for the second time. It presents new places, new people, and new processes that are involved in Wick’s world. The world-building and mythos of the two films are incredible.

The only negative thing I can think about is Wick’s motivation to go back to his Boogeyman ways. In the first film, his motivation was clear: vengeance. In this movie, it took a lot of minutes to truly flesh it out.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a fun and engaging shoot ’em up action film that surpassed the intensity level of the first one, but lacks the depth of character motivation. This film, however, is still…

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