John Wick is bound by a blood oath to help a former associate to travel to Rome and squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers, who are attempting to seize control of the shadowy international assassins guild.
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This series is so damn addicting from beginning to end, it leaves you so immersed in its world, which is so, so rare. Loved Fishburne embodying his inner Ghost Dog with all those pidgeons. The name Ares for Rose's character was perfect - girl has rage in her eyes. That last sequence shot made me feel all sorts of emotions, from scared and claustrophobic to excited to see Keanu kick everybody's ass on Chapter 3.
Film History's first filmic videogame. Dead serious here. The whole film is constructed, acted, paced, edited, shot & framed as if it was a videogame. Don't really care about character, story arcs, plot-points. This is a Shoot 'em up Film-Videogame. Unlike the plethora of crass & embarrassing videogame adaptations,(best things in life come when one doesn't try too hard) this works. Case in point: the catacombs scene▽
Quantum of solace. "John Wick: Chapter Two" successfully broadens this cult franchise's comic book-style netherworld while absorbing some James Bond cosmopolitan for an extended stay in Italy. With fluidly-edited action sequences that flat-out raise the bar for Hollywood productions, "Chapter Two" is the most feverish and exciting love letter to Asian pop cinema since Uma Thurman took on the Crazy 88's.
Keanu is back and he brings more over-the-top bone breaking action and even manages to improve on the headshot count. Sure, it's fun to watch, but it's also very uneven, suffers from pacing issues and the story was just thrown out of the window. Enjoy it for what it is: a B-movie with some money behind it. But don't make it what it's not.
Stahelski doesn't dial it up to 11, he breaks the fucking dial. A euphoric, gorgeously photographed opera of balletic carnage that does away with the original's somewhat tepid third act, and gets away with some pretty slick world-building on the fly; I really want to see a TV series about The Continental. Keanu, Common and Ruby Rose are all fantastic. The hall of mirrors sequence is mind-blowing. Instant classic.
Never see JOHN WICK as something more beyond an action movie with cool choreography and charismatic dog before. But that ended with this chapter. CHAPTER 2 is the part where the franchise took off with style, and finally earned that titular "WICK" as in "wicked", with Wickverse is at last, separated itself from the real world. A macabre escapism from the real world that we are all need right now.