John Wick: Chapter 2

The second installment in the John Wick series has been out on DVD for a while now. You can probably still find it at a Redbox outside your local Walmart, CVS, or Walgreen’s. Try doing a reverse cell phone lookup to see where else you can rent it. What started as an overly violent action movie, starring Keanu Reeves, has continued to be, well, an overly violent action series starring Keanu Reeves. But this has proved to be Reeves’ best work since The Matrix. While a John Wick trilogy won’t be as influential on pop culture as The Matrix, it’s still incredibly entertaining.

The John Wick series kicks off in the first movie, where Wick comes out of retirement from the life of an assassin to seek revenge on the men who killed his dog and stole his car. It winds up being a fast-paced, shoot-’em-up like few the world has seen before. What makes John Wick different from other action movies is not only the pace, but the stoic nature of its protagonist. Reeves brings a refreshing take to the genre.

Keanu Reeves and John Wick 2

The Second John Wick

John Wick 2 ended up being as good as the first one, at least in my opinion. It scored 3% better on Rotten Tomatoes, and times out as a true feature-length movie at a full 2 hours, while the first was just 96 minutes. When seeing the first film, I used a reverse cell phone lookup to contact my friends and invite them. The second film got an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a very respectable score, especially for an action movie of its nature.

Another Revenge Movie

As far as the plot, the film ended up being another revenge movie. A man who helped Wick in the first film comes back, asking him to come out of retirement in order to help him with something (killing someone). Wick refuses and the man ends up blowing up his house, along with many of the mementos of his late wife.

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Movie posted for the second John Wick movie.

This leads John Wick on another rampage. First, he fulfills the request of the man who blew up his house in order to clear his name. He then goes after him, in a fashion only Wick is capable of. The bad guy ends up putting an enormous bounty on Wick’s head, sending an entire world of underground hitmen after him. It’s important to be careful who you talk to, so don’t let something like this happen to you. Run a reverse cell phone lookup on anyone you’re not entirely sure about.

Wick is “Excommunicado”

Without giving away too much, the film ends with Wick being excommunicated from the brotherhood of hitmen that he had connections with. Before the closing credits, the head of that organization puts an even bigger bounty on him.

The Negatives

While it’s an entertaining film, both of the John Wick movies make most of the killing seem easy – almost too easy – for Wick. He shoots many of his enemies with two shots, one in the knee and one in the head. Plus, he virtually never misses. A fight against another hitman (played by rapper Common) in John Wick: Chapter 2 is the most balanced fight in the movie.

A Third John Wick

The way the film ended lead me to believe that there will be yet another installment in this series of action movies. The third John Wick film already has a working title: Alpha Cop. It even has an official release date of May 19th, 2019.