JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO
Stop Messing with John Wick
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo
Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby
Rose, Common, Caludia Gerini,
Lance Reddick, Laurence
Fishburne, Tobias Segal, John
Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 122 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Chad Stahelski
Executive Producer: Robert Bernacchi, Kevin Scott
Frakes, David Leitch, Vishal
Rungta, Chad Stahelski, Jeff
Producer: Basil Ilwanyk
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, Chairman/CEO, Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions/Codeblack Films)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
CHAPTER 2 picks up just as Wick is finishing up the events of the last movie and declaring peace with the Russians. As soon as he gets home, however, an old associate, Santino D’Antonio, shows up on his doorstep and presents John with a gold “marker.” The marker was what let Wick leave his life as an assassin, but Santino can cash it and request anything of John. He wants John Wick to kill his own sister, who inherited their father’s Italian crime syndicate. John Wick says he’s left that lifestyle and won’t do it. So, Santino angrily blows up Wick’s house.
Because one of the most sacred rules of this society of assassins is to honor a marker, Wick agrees to the assassination and heads to Rome to do it. However, in Rome, Santino double crosses Wick and puts a $7 million dollar bounty on his head. With all the assassins now after Wick, can he survive their assaults? Will he ever be able to get back to retirement?
The world and mythology surrounding the society of assassins expands greatly in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. The world created is purposefully far-out enough that some of the dialogue and scenes that are on-the-nose play out for comedic effect quite well. Keanu Reeves brings a rare intensity to the action, and the well-executed direction, pulsing music and eye-popping cinematography make for an exciting thriller.
On the positive side, CHAPTER 2 has some improvements compared to its predecessor. While the killing in the first movie was mostly revenge, the violence in this one is primarily self-defense. John Wick legitimately wants to put his former life behind him, but gets forced back into its violent world. Also, there are a couple positive references to Christianity in the movie. Finally, CHAPTER 2 has significantly less foul language than the first movie.
Despite all this, however, the title hero still isn’t fighting for much. In fact, Wick shows little care for innocent bystanders when he fights with other assassins. Ultimately, therefore, the worldview in CHAPTER 2 is still lawless and pagan, even if it’s a little less objectionable than the first movie.
All in all, the violence is over-the-top and brutal, and there’s brief upper female nudity from afar when a woman steps into a bathtub. These elements, along with the mixed pagan worldview and several “f” words, eventually make JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 unacceptable viewing. Media-wise viewers will want to avoid this movie.
Keanu Reeves brings a rare intensity to the action in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. The movie’s well-executed direction, pulsing music and eye-popping cinematography make for an exciting thriller. Happily, CHAPTER 2 has some improvements from its predecessor, including less vengeance and less foul language. However, the violence is over-the-top and brutal, and there’s brief nudity in one scene. Ultimately, the worldview is still lawless and pagan, despite the movie’s improvements. Media-wise moviegoers will want to avoid JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2.