By Jackie Raphael
This film carries on from where the first one finished. Wick (Keanu Reeves) is trying to stay out of the "business" but keeps being pulled in by his past. John Wick: Chapter 2 has amazing fight sequences and is an action-filled film. There is of course some heart behind the story, as in the first film, with many of Wick's decisions being based on the death of his wife. While you do not need to have seen the first film, I do recommend it.
Reeves looks the same as he did 20 years ago and is convincing in his role as "the boogeyman". Ian McShane returns as Winston, the owner of the Continental hotel in New York. Riccardo Scamarcio joins the cast as the villain Santina D'Antonio. Also joining the franchise are Common and Laurence Fishburne in pivotal roles. Common's performance was strong and managed to build a character that the audience cared about, while Fishburne overacted in his role.
While it could have been 30 minutes shorter, it is a fun action film with some memorable moments. You definitely will not be able to forget the pencil scene. The film ends hinting at a third instalment, which I am sure will have Wick killing many more people.