In Review: John Wick Chapter 2

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

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

Review: Having been out now for a few weeks on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD. I figured I’d give the second John Wick a try in order to test my new 40 inch 4K screen.

The film did not disappoint.

Admittedly. I’m a late comer to the world of John Wick. Having only seen the first movie a couple of months back when I rented it via Amazon.

From a narrative standpoint its a relatively simple revenge story, but with the added drama of John Wick being the most deadly assassin for hire there has ever been.

In the first film. Wick came out of retirement to avenge the murder of his small dog and the theft of his car. In that film we were introduced to the company and the rule that no assassin can take down another while on continental grounds.

This second film sees Wick having to make good on a marker that he’d made with Santino D’antonio. The man who allowed Wick the chance at leading a normal life, but also the man who is calling in his marker and wants Wick to murder his sister.

It all gets nasty from there on out as we are treated to numerous ways in which Wick can take people out with various fire arms, knives, daggers and pencils.

As with the first film. This second chapter gives us a colourful collection of characters and would be assassins that are all tasked with killing John Wick.

Ian McShane returns as the head of the company Winston and we also get a great supporting role from Lawrence Fishburne as Bowery King. The leader of highly organised street gang that helps Wick out.

The big bad though is Santino who is played to very menacing effect by Riccardo Scamarcio.

Throughout the film we get treated to some brilliant fight choreography and fantastic scenery. I particularly enjoyed the fight sequence that took place in the underground in Rome.

By the close of this film. Its very fair to say that Wick is pissed off and its understandable given what he has been through. What isn’t so understandable is how he is still living given some of the beatings he has endured. But you don’t tune into this sort of film for believability.

Keanu Reeves is solid throughout the film and does the mean and moody type well.

As we all know. It’s very rare that a sequel can be better than the original film, but this second John Wick feature is one of those exceptions because it easily out does what the first film did.

If you haven’t already then check this and the first John Wick film out. They’re a lot of fun and have a very comic book vibe to them. In fact it be fun to see a comic book series based on the movies. A prequel perhaps.

John Wick Chapter 2
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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