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John Wick: Chapter Two
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by Greg Ursic

"There are no half-measures"
5 stars

Regardless your religious or moral bent, there is one simple rule that every man needs to remember; don’t mess with another man’s woman, his dog or his car. The only thing worse than breaking the rule is messing with the latter when the man in particular happens to be a retired near mythical assassin currently mourning his recently deceased wife.

After suing for peace with the Russian mob after their recent “misunderstanding” John (Keanu Reeves) just wants to continue with the grieving process and cuddle his new puppy. He barely finishes changing out of his blood soaked shredded suit when he receives a visit from a former associate asking for a favor. Not wanting to resume the mantle of Boogeyman for the Underworld John says no thank you, but his answer is not well received. Here we go again.

John Wick: Chapter 2 begins hours after the first film ends, and literally wastes no time jumping straight into the action; the opening scene features a rapid fire chase sequence punctuated by brutal yet beautiful hand to hand combat sets punctuated by gun battles. Worth the price of admission on its own, it is merely a precursor to the majesty to come, and takes the audience deeper into the labyrinthine world of the assassins and their special code.

Reeves, who studied multiple martial arts disciplines and underwent extensive three gun drilling for this go-round, is even better than before. He never breaks character, and maintains the gravitas amongst the silliness with his monosyllabic bon mots and killer wardrobe. Notable among the supporting cast are Ian McShane who reprises his previous role as John’s suave mentor and protector, competing contractor Common who shares in several robust fight scenes a, Ruby Red as a devious deaf death dealer, and Lawrence Fishburne as a charismatic Fagan style hustler/killer. It's the frenetic action sequences however that will keep viewers in their sets,

Ranging from one on one set meleesto the painstakingly manic first person shooter style sequences such as the awesome cataclysm in the catacombs and the surreal battle in a maze of mirrors each seems more audacious than the last) and never lose their appeal. And throughout the choreographed mayhem It's also interesting to note that former-stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski was insistent that every shot should count – bullets that is – and that magazines run out and be changed (as opposed to the typical action flick where heroes wield magical weapons that never need to be reloaded).

Featuring a great story, uncompromising action sequences, exacting cinematography, near perfect pacing and a gallows sense of humor John Wick: Chapter 2, is a credit to sequels and one of the best movie-going experiences you're likely to have this year. And best of all you know there's a sequel in the offing.

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8/03/20 morris campbell solid sequel 4 stars
10/02/18 Paulie Shore's ghost Van Damme! Reeves was good 5 stars
4/14/17 Elizabeth Such a great franchise for Keanu. They've upped the violence; well done. 4 stars
4/06/17 mr.mike Superior sequel. 4 stars
2/13/17 Koitus Audience loved some of the killing methods. Unbelieveable misses in museum, again, though. 5 stars
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