(This is John Wick 2 film review, which is a 2017 action noir film that stars the hitman Keanu Reeves)
It’s been 3 years since the first film came out onto the big screen, and our boy Keanu still seem to be able to handle the hitman life. It still stars Keanu Reeves as the titular hitman who went on a rampage when a group of mafia underlings stole his car and killed his dog. Aside from him, the other actors such as Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio and Common are also casted into this film.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, which are the original director and writer respectively for the first John Wick. There are high hopes and hype when this film was released. Could they still maintain the quality and the tension of the first film? Read on the John Wick 2 film review below to find out!
4 days after the events of the first film, John finally managed to get his car back and was planning to truly retire. However, an Italian crime lord appeared and John had owed him a favour when the former helped him to retire and marrying his wife.
He took out a Marker, which John has to honour regardless of his planned retirement. But things seem to be more complicated than on the surface. Could he manage to do it successfully and finally retire for good?
John Wick 2 Film Review
The thing about John Wick is that the premise is kind of a secondary factor to the cult hype behind the series. It is actually a fairly simple premise of killing, revenge and mixed with some mafia underworld and its unbreakable rules. That’s not to say that it’s not fascinating in the least, as I enjoy the overall storyline that is just fitting for this series.
the theme is less on revenge but more on salvation…
I like how the whole underworld is now presented with more details. As well as adding on to the story world on how each rule works. This time, the theme is less on revenge but more on salvation. It’s a story of a hitman who wants to get his final salvation by retiring, but never being granted so after all those killings that he did in the past.
Pacing is spot on, and the director knows when to add some awesome natural action sequences interjected with some quiet moments. The film starts with a pretty fast action scenes and we are then taken along like riding a roller coaster. What’s more impressive is that the ride gets better as we come to the end, which is actually the climax.
Overall, it’s finely paced to ensure we get the maximum impact from both the fighting scenes and the quiet emotional scenes.
John Wick is still the man like before, a reluctant hitman who wants to retire from killing but is destined to continue living his life in danger regardless. I think Keanu really become one with John, and his action, desperation, hope, despair and everything else are excellently acted out by Keanu. John is a man of a few words, but his actions speak much louder and you can empathise with him for his sufferings.
the antagonist is a bit on the weaker side…and is slightly worse than the ones in the first film.
As for the antagonist, I feel that it’s kinda a bit on the weaker side. In fact, he’s slightly worse than the ones in the first film. He is more of a coward that likes to do things behind the scenes, and then his end is one which is a fitting punishment for someone of his demeanour. Aside from this, the mafia lord does not present any other good sides, or some reasons for us to empathise with him. He is through and through a bad guy that is just doing everything he could to fulfil his ambition to become the real mafia lord for his family.
A particular honourable mention is to the assassin Ares, who is portrayed by Rose, a mute character who leaves a deeper impression than her boss. I like her way of communicating using only sign languages, putting heavy emphasis on ‘show, don’t tell’ rule. Lastly, it is to the antagonist’s sister, whose decision to end her life her own way also creates a stronger impression and a more memorable character in spite of appearing for only a few minutes.
Soundtrack is still as awesome as ever, and filled up the action sequences nicely with thumping and tense soundtracks. Most of them do not really standout as much, and are sadly rather unmemorable. Though the few that do are in fact becoming something akin to John Wick soundtracks. I think they reuse some musics from the first film too. Overall, they are pretty decent.