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We Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 “Non-Stop shoot-’em-up action. Sure to entertain.” – MR

John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chad Stahelski
Produced by
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Erica Lee
Written by Derek Kolstad
Based on Characters
by Derek Kolstad
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Edited by Evan Schiff
Production
company
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date
Running time
122 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[2]
Box office $41.9 million[3]

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. A sequel to the 2014 film John Wick, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane, and marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in the Matrix trilogy.

Principal photography began on October 26, 2015, in New York City. The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 30, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 10, 2017.[4]

Plot

Shortly after the events of John Wick, former hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) tracks down his stolen Mustang at a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), brother of Viggo and uncle of Iosef from the first film. After dispatching Abram’s men, John spares him under the auspices of “peace” and returns home with his now-heavily damaged car (damaged while making a daring escape from Tarasov’s hideout).

Later, John is visited by Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who has come to enlist John to assassinate his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini) so he can take her seat on the “High Table,” a council of high-level crime lords. John is obligated to accept after returning from retirement because D’Antonio holds a “marker,” signifying a blood oath John took for help in his “impossible task” to leave the criminal world and marry his late wife Helen. After John refuses, D’Antonio destroys his home with a grenade launcher. Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of the Continental hotel in New York City, warns John that if he refuses to accept the marker, his life will be forfeited. John reluctantly accepts the mission.

In Rome, John infiltrates a party where, confronted with her assassination, Gianna chooses to commit suicide rather than allow herself to be assassinated. After a firefight with Gianna’s bodyguard Cassian (Common), John is ambushed by D’Antonio’s men in an apparent double-cross to tie up “loose ends.”

After John returns to New York City, D’Antonio opens a $7 million contract for John’s death. John is repeatedly attacked by assassins once the existence of this contract becomes known.

Cast

Our Thoughts

While not as good as the first John Wick movie, this one is just as entertaining. The killing never stops. Just like the ‘storm troopers,’ though, not one single bad guy in this film can seem to get a simple head shot on the hero, if that is what John Wick is. Recommended to fans of the action/thriller/killer genre and for a great night out. 4 stars Non-Stop shoot-’em-up action. Sure to entertain. – MR

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We Review “Passengers” Very good sci-fi. 4.5 stars and Highly Recommended – MR

 

Passengers (2016 film)

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Passengers
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Morten Tyldum
Produced by
Written by Jon Spaihts
Starring
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto
Edited by Maryann Brandon
Production
companies
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
116 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $110 million[2]
Box office $293.3 million[2]

Passengers is a 2016 American science fictionadventure film directed Mortenby Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. Upon its release, Passengers received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $293 million worldwide. The film is nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy Awards.[3]

Plot

The starshipAvalon is transporting over 5,000 colonists to the planet Homestead II, a journey that takes 120 years. The colonists and the entire crew are in hibernation pods, but as the ship passes through a large asteroid field, the ship’s shield is heavily strained causing a malfunction that awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.

After a year of isolation, with no company except Arthur (Michael Sheen), an android bartender, Jim contemplates suicide. One day he notices beautiful Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in her pod. Her video profile reveals she is a writer with a humorous personality. After struggling with the morality of manually reviving Aurora for companionship, he awakens her, claiming her pod malfunctioned like his. Aurora, devastated she may grow old and die before the ship reaches Homestead II, attempts a fruitless effort at re-entering hibernation, just as Jim had tried. Eventually, she accepts her situation and begins writing a book about her experiences. Jim and Aurora grow closer, becoming lovers.

A year later, Jim inadvertently allows Arthur to reveal the truth to Aurora. She is distraught, alternately berating, shunning, and physically attacking Jim. Soon after, however, another pod failure awakens Gus (Laurence Fishburne), a Chief Deck Officer. The three discover multiple failures in the ship’s systems. Gus attempts repairs with Jim and Aurora’s help, while Aurora still blames Jim for stealing her life, claiming it is tantamount to murder. Gus’ body begins failing; medical tests in the Autodoc, an automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, show that his hibernation pod’s malfunction has physically damaged his body, and he has hours left to live. Before dying, Gus gives Jim and Aurora his ID badge to access crew areas and repair the ship.

The two find and trace a colliding asteroid’s path through the ship’s hull from two years earlier that damaged the computer administering the reactor. Attempts to repair the computer lead to further chaos.

Our Thoughts

The acting is superb and the story original considering almost every in space scenario has been thought of already. I liked it alot. Enough to give it 4.5 stars and recommend seeing it at the price of a premium ticket. Very good sci-fi. 4.5 stars and Highly Recommended – MR