After carrying out brutal vengeance, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns to the quiet life of retirement until Italian gangster Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up at his home. D'Antonio wants Wick to return favours from the past and take out a target for him. Wick reluctantly obliges and becomes a target in the assassin world for a large sum of money.
The tempo is kept fast paced for the most part with the final act delivering all across the board. The start of the film also establishes Wick exacting the final moments of his revenge, bringing the satisfying action early on. Between these points is where a lot more of the establishing of the story takes place which does slow the film down. This aspect is fine but the characters that we meet aren't overall improvements on the previous film. Ruby Rose' deaf character does bring something new and interesting to the story but the main villain D'Antonio isn't as great as Michael Nyqvist or even Alfie Allen's characters. There isn't as much hatred for these villains which just goes to show that there is no bigger crime in Film than killing a dog.
'John Wick: Chapter 2' is exactly what an action sequel should be like. If you're a fan of the genre then this is one that you should most definitely check out. Reeves is excellent as the titular character yet again but a whole lot of credit has to go to director Chad Stahelski. Stahelski puts most directors to shame and has a set a standard of action that everyone else has to match in this year of big money, action blockbusters.
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