Picking up directly where the first movie finished, John Wick’s story is far from over when he is contacted by a former colleague Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio, Burnt (2015)) who shows up at his front door with a gold marker, compelling John to repay a past debt.
Upon refusing to do so, John (Keanu Reeves, The Matrix (1999)) is ordered to do the debt as he is compelled to do so or face the consequences by Winston (Ian McShane, TV’s Deadwood & American Gods), the head of the secret assassin society ‘The Continental’ who appeared in the first movie.
This frenetic movie lives up to its predecessor and the action is just as great thanks to one of the two directors, Chad Stahelski returning to helm the sequel solo and does something that is rare in movies, be a satisfying and compelling follow up. Keanu Reeves continues the fine job of returning as the tortured assassin and with his constant training in martial arts and tactical assault, it is evident on screen that he knows his work. The support cast is great with the addition of Riccardo Scamarcio, Common and Ruby Rose, the choreography is at its finesse, and the thrills are jam-packed. And for the fans, there is a ‘mini Matrix’ reunion, with Laurence Fishburne sharing the screen with Keanu Reeves in a small but vital role.
Review by Mathew Currey