John Wick: Chapter 2
|John Wick: Chapter 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chad Stahelski|
|Written by||Derek Kolstad|
by Derek Kolstad
|Edited by||Evan Schiff|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Box office||$41.9 million|
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.
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.
- Keanu Reeves as Jonathan “John” Wick, an ex-hitman
- Common as Cassian, Gianna’s chief bodyguard
- Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King, an underground crime lord
- Riccardo Scamarcio as Santino D’Antonio, an Italian powerful crime lord and a highly skilled assassin who comes across Wick.
- Ruby Rose as Ares, an assassin and Santino’s mute security enforcer
- John Leguizamo as Aurelio, the owner of a high-end chop shop
- Ian McShane as Winston, the manager of the Continental Hotel in New York
- Bridget Moynahan as Helen Wick, John’s deceased wife
- Lance Reddick as Charon, the concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York
- Thomas Sadoski as Jimmy, a police officer and friend of John’s
- David Patrick Kelly as Charlie, the cleaner
- Peter Stormare as Abram Tarasov, Viggo’s brother, Iosef’s uncle and a desk-bound Russian gangster.
- Franco Nero as Julius, the manager of the Continental Hotel in Rome
- Peter Serafinowicz as The Sommelier
- Claudia Gerini as Gianna D’Antonio, Santino’s sister
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