John Wick Chapter 2 follows on from the events of the first film (and this will contain spoilers for the first film) which saw John Wick go on a revenge spree to take out the son of a mob boss who broke into his house, killed his dog and stole his car. The film starts off with the uncle of the young man being the next victim on Wick's hitlist as he aims to get his car back, and this would have be a great plot line for the film but then we get a new story about debts that need to be paid.
John is yet again sent into the world of shadows and assassinations when the man who helped get him out of the life calls in his one favor in the for of a medallion. After telling him no, and getting his house totaled for his troubles, John reluctantly agrees to assassinate a head mob leader, an assassination which gets him on a assassination hitlist. Enter some violent fight scenes and a very funny pencil scene hinted at from the first film, and a highly entertaining final half which I really would love to see.
You see this is the problem with John Wick 2, it ends on a great high but the middle of the film is a little ropy. I loved the opening moments of the film when he goes to get his car back, I love the characters of the hotel however the middle of the film didn't fill me with the same excitement of the first film.
This doesn't mean in anyway that John Wick 2 was bad, no far from it, I found the fight scenes less sloppy than the first film and think Reeves has really settled in the role as wick this time round. I am also looking forward to seeing the (at this time) rumored TV series The Continental and seeing what the world of assassins holds outside of the John Wick character.
This is a fun action romp that doesn't rely heavily of acting chops to make it a good film. If you want killing with a pencil and over the top fight scenes this is your film.