The character John Wick (Keanu Reeves) does not have an easy life. All he wants to do is retire and mourn his dead wife (Bridget Moynahan), but folks like Camorra kingpin Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) just won’t leave him alone.
These circumstances allow Writer Derek Kolstad and Director Chad Stahelski to take us on a heart-pulsing ride from New York to Rome and back again in John Wick: Chapter 2.
I’m willing to bet that, even if you had a clicker, you couldn’t keep up with Wick’s body count. But, the action is so slick and well-staged that you will be awed instead of repulsed.
Ruby Rose as a mute killer and Common as Wick’s nemesis create superb opposition to our Bogeyman hero.
Cinematographer Dan Laustsen’s images and Editor Evan Schiff’s pacing help Stahelski create one of the best thrillers in quite a while.
I give John Wick: Chapter 2 a 4.1 out of 5 and hope there can, somehow, be a Chapter 3.