MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick 2 is a beautifully violent mess

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.
Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2. Contributed

AFTER returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

And that is really all you need to know because, as expected, what comes next is a delicious mess of blood, guns, explosions, more guns and even more blood.

By 'delicious mess' I mean the images are so beautiful, and the sequences so well directed, it makes the violence palatable, almost.

The film is so violent you'd expect most of the action sequences to be done by a stunt double, but according to legend and set whispers, Keanu Reeves performed about 95% of the fight scenes himself.

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.
Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2. Niko Tavernise

The only stunts that he didn't do are the ones in which John Wick gets hit by a car, and fell down the stairs during one of the many fights.

This is the first time Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves worked together since The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

It is also interesting that director Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves' stunt double in the Matrix trilogy.

So, someone put the stunt man behind the camera in both films and the final result was in both cases a great action film.

Who knew?

I hope they give him the third film too.

In the meantime, Stahelski is rumoured to be getting ready to direct a new Highlander film.

Special mention to Ruby Rose, the model-turned-DJ- turned-actress (who almost drowned during the filming of her upcoming film Meg (2018)) offers an interesting rendition of Ares, the mute assassin.

John Wick is intended to be a trilogy, and with this film being the second, expect the final instalment to come out sometime soon.

This is a great film for action movie lovers, and given the great direction by Chad Stahelski and the more-than-decent script, this film is a rarity within its genre.

John Wick: Chapter 2 opens nationally tomorrow.


John Wick: Chapter 2

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Director: Chad Stahelski

Rating: MA15+

Verdict: 4 stars

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