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This Wick Never Runs out of Fire

Sebastian Aguero, Staff Writer

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Guns blazing. Cars roaring. These sounds intensify while watching “John Wick: Chapter 2”.

The premise of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is very similar to its predecessor, but still adds a new taste to the series. The story is about the legendary hitman John Wick, who is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. To those of you still not interested after reading that, hopefully this article will help.

My biggest criticism of the first movie was that John Wick had it too easy. Not true this time around. The odds are definitely stacked against
Wick. After some light callbacks to the first movie, this film goes off into its own thing. It’s much darker and follows the path of “Empire Strikes Back” and “Godfather II.”

My biggest compliment for this sequel is that it did not lose the heart of the first film. There’s surprisingly moving moments in this film, just as there was in the first. Ultimately, I think that’s the reason the John Wick films are so successful. Sure, they’re fun and have great action – but there’s actually emotionally touching moments.

Huge props too for the new cast that came aboard. The villains come off as despicable and a serious threat, whereas they are normally just serviceable to the plot.

To cut to the chase, John Wick: Chapter 2 is an entertaining sequel to the excellent original. Keanu Reeves is excellent as the title character. He shines in every action scene. Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Common are all good in their supporting roles.

The movie has some awesome action, just like the first one. The choreography is excellent. The bloody violence was just as good as the first. I loved the world building in this film. They set up the world of assassins very well. I thought the opening sequence was lacking compared to the rest of the film. Also, the motivations were more emotional in the first film. Overall, I had a blast with this film. From the action to the world of this film, I can’t wait for Chapter 3.

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