Movie Review | “John Wick Chapter 2”

by Mica Wilhite
“John Wick: Chapter 2” is a shade darker than the first film in this neo noir action series and the body count is considerably higher (128 kills in 122 minutes). Keanu Reeves was first introduced as John Wick to moviegoers in 2014. He stopped “working” as a hitman when he met his true love, Helen, but had to complete a mysterious “impossible task” in order to be released from the crime underworld.

Helen later dies and a Russian crime lord’s son attacks Wick in his home, kills his adorable new Beagle puppy Helen gave to him, and steals his 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. Needless to say, these events violently pull Wick out of retirement and provide the background for both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of his story.

Also known as The Boogeyman, Wick is a bourbon connoisseur and a car aficionado, still wears his wedding ring, is famous for killing three men using only a pencil, is motivated by justice and not vengeance, and is always described as “a man of focus, commitment, and sheer will.”

Chapter 2 is the higher octane sequel one would expect from this new James Bond-type film franchise. Wick’s work is done in Rome this time with his wardrobe expanding to include turtlenecks and bulletproof tailored suits. The “wine sommelier” showcases for Wick an array of guns that would make Q drool. And most importantly, though, we learn more about who Wick is as a person.

“John Wick: Chapter 2” is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a R rating for violence but “sadly not for sex.” Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Keanu Reeves does not have a girlfriend, has never been married, and is not gay. So, ladies, I recommend you run, don’t walk, to a dark theater presto to see him.

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