John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2 is a good example of how not to make a sequel. It lacks everything that made the first film extraordinary, forgoing the aspects that distinguished it from its peers.

The first film was very much about John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as a person. We witnessed his connection with his wife, his motivation for the vengeance that he visited upon those who wronged him. Chapter 2 is nothing but John Wick killing for the sake of killing. There is no purpose, no motive, no higher meaning.

The film began with the premise of an interesting plot, and I was immediately excited to learn about the High Table and what it meant for John to owe one of their members a favor. Unfortunately, the plot is almost immediately left by the wayside in favor of gratuitous violence.

There are certain portions of this film that are just downright, inexplicably awful. The scene where John converses with Gianna D’Antonio (Claudia Gerini) is unforgivably horrible. The dialogue is bad, the acting is bad, the character motivations are bad… even the blood looks bad.

The scene where John and Cassian (Common) are shooting at each other in a crowded subway without drawing a single person’s attention is laughably horrendous.

The one thing I liked more about Chapter 2 than I did the previous film was the worldbuilding. It was really cool to see more of the John Wick universe fleshed out and realized, to explore the different facets that make up the world of assassins.

I’m hoping that the next entry will be a return to form, and bring back more of the things that made the original John Wick so good.

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