Could anything be more action movie bad-ass than the original "John Wick"? In a word, YES.
It's bigger, badder, action flick nirvana sequel JOHN WICK 2 is a near perfect orgy of violence and mayhem that has to be seen to believed.
Director/Stunt Coordintor Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves are back for more, and I do mean MORE.
Reeves is the stoic but hair trigger ultimate hit man. Last time out, he gained revenge for his wife and his dog and this time they've really gone and done it by stealing his car.
The film opens with a great ten-minute sequence in which a Russian mobster knows Wick is coming to his chop shop to get his car back, and sits at his desk while Wick mows through about 50 bad guys (I lost count in my enjoyment) between him and his beloved car.
After the titles, Wick is met by an Italian gangster who holds a marker on the hit man, which is basically a blood oath then he can collect one wish from Wick at anytime.
After some massively explosive coercion, Wick finds himself in the middle of some very bad mobsters, a throne of power, and in bad need of a neutral spot.
Thankfully the cast of killers includes some lethal actors. Ian McShane (Deadwood) runs the entire hit man network, Riccardo Scamarcio (Burnt) is the Italian mobster mover & shaker, Common is a body guard, Laurence Fishburne is the Bowery King, Ruby Rose is a very dangerous, silent killer and Lance Reddick (Fringe) returns as the front desk manager at a Hit man only hotel.
The action is insane, creative and jaw-dropping.
Stahelski and Reeves seem determined to top the original and they succeed on every level.
By the time every available assassin in Manhattan is switched on at the same time to go after Wick, you realize there are more hitmen than Uber drivers in New York City.
JOHN WICK 2 rocks.
In style, pace and execution, this reminds me of "The Raid 2: Redemption" and there is no higher praise from this action movie fan.
I want one of those bulletproof Tom Ford suits, sweet......
Can't wait for Part 3, Part 2 gets an A!