John Wick: Chapter 2 (English)

TOI : John Wick: Chapter 2 (English)

2017-02-16 00:00:00 +0000

Story: Indestructible assassin John Wick is pulled out of his retirement yet again to fulfill a blood oath he’d made to the Italian mafia.

Review: The John Wick franchise is what would happen if Woody Allen wrote action-thrillers. Just like Allen’s slice-of-life movies with high-strung characters in familiar setting, these movies are self-aware, unapologetic and true to their genre. Only here, bullet-speed dialogue is replaced by bullet-speed… well, bullets.

Sticking to the USP of the first John Wick film - a one-line plot facilitating a hundred different ways to kill - director Chad Stahelski serves up the second chapter in the protagonist’s life. Wick (Keanu Reeves), who had come out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog and the theft of his car, is approached by Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) whom he owes a favour. Wick is coaxed into doing one last job, but eventually realizes that he’ll be the one staring down the barrel of a gun.

The entire appeal of the movie lies in its beautifully choreographed action sequences. Wick appears to have five lives like in a video game and engages in an almost non-stop shooting spree with bodies piling up by the roadside, in hotel lobbies, at concert venues and at subway stations. A particularly cool scene has Wick, wounded, walking through a crowded place as he realizes that everyone around him has a contract to kill him, and springs into action taking them down one by one. There’s even a mirrored-room sequence which is supposed to be an homage to Enter The Dragon.

Reeves is as stoic and monosyllabic as ever; Common has a great extended cameo; Ruby Rose is mostly playing another variation of her Orange Is The New Black character - a deadly girl of few words.

It might not do much to your brain, but it'll certainly set your heart racing. If you’re in the mood for blood, Wick is your pick.

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