John Wick: Chapter 2 movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This highly violent action-thriller sequel to John Wick is stylish, but isn’t as entertaining and chooses a different style. Fans will still appreciate this popular assassin movie.


Renowned assassin John Wick sets out to duel with some of the deadliest killers to fulfil a vow he made. However, he soon discovers that a huge bounty is on his life.

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Movie details

Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Bridget Moynahan, Common
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Release Date (Australia): 18 May 2017
Runtime: 122 minutes/2h 2m
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English, Italian, Russian


Themes (M)

The film contains themes of crime, assassination and revenge. There is also a scene depicting suicide.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features sequences of action violence, including depictions of large sprays of blood as a result of people being shot and stabbed.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features several uses of the word “f**k” and occasional use of the word “s**t”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains depictions of drugs.

Nudity (PG)

The film contains very brief depictions of the sides of a woman’s breasts.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a sequel that feels like it lets you down, because it provides such a promising kick-off that only seems to be demolished as the story goes on. Beginning with a rough load of loud action already starts it off in a way that lacks its predecessor’s spark by staying silent and then shocking us with extremely violent fight sequences. However, it’s the pace of the whole film that really lets us down.

It’s not boring, it’s not flat and it’s definitely not the opposite to watchable, but this sequel doesn’t continue with a sense of interesting dialogue. The action sequences, in which Keanu Reeves’ John Wick stylishly and brutally inflicts bloody death to multiple people, obviously make up for the weak conversations and will bring fans back for more assassination-themed story.

Unfortunately, the large amounts of dialogue, action, tension and excitement in John Wick’s sequel bring along an extended runtime. 2014’s original was able to execute an entertaining and appealing story in a smooth 100 minutes. Why couldn’t it be as simple but effective as the first? It’s such a bewildering action flick.

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