When JOHN WICK hit screens back in 2014 it was a surprising smash and saw the 767th rebirth of Keanu Reeves into awesome. I never actually saw it on the big screen and just thought it was an ultra-violent mind-numbing death-fest. I got sent a copy on DVD and fell in love with it. As it turned out I was half right. It is an ultra-violent death-fest but it also jumped into the absolute awesome genre. A comic-styled, Asian-inspired revenge film. No huge depth into plot – fuck that – just ultraviolence and more ultraviolence. Well the good news is JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is here. It released on Thursday May 18th in Australia from StudioCanal. It is rated MA15+, should have been R, and runs for 123mins.


Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick 2




JOHN WICK 2 is a continuation of the first movie. Plot is not hugely important but it’s actually really good. I love the created comic book style of the assassin’s universe and the fact cops don’t exist.

The full plot is bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang.


It not only compares well to the first JOHN WICK but this, CHAPTER 2, of a three chapter trilogy, is as good as the first. The promise of what is coming in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 is something that gives me cinematic wood.

I am astounded this nearly didn’t make it to the big screen in Australia. Original distributor Entertainment One, or eOneANZ (it eventually got released by StudioCanal), planned on not giving the film a theatrical release, and considered sending it straight to DVD. When news broke that the distributor was going to offload the film straight onto the home entertainment market, EOne’s Facebook, Twitter and website were bombarded with e-mails and notes from angry fans, demanding the film be given a proper theatrical release in Australia. Shortly afterwards, eOne announced a nation wide rollout. Power to the people – StudioCanal will be happy it’s getting a release. It’s going to make a motza


Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick 2



If you haven’t already gathered the JOHN WICK movies are a pure bloodfest. And, of course, Wick kills everyone in every way possible. His gun slinging is off the scale. If you don’t want to see scores and scores of people shot in the head, perhaps skip this one. It’s a violent world Johnny Boy lives in, knee cap shots are my new fave. Director Chad Stahelski has a unique vision for film. A film inspired by his own martial arts background and his background as a stuntman, I am also assuming somewhere in there is a love for Asian crime films. He has been a stuntman on more movies than you can count and would you believe he was Reeve’s own body double as Neo on The Matrix movies. And the best news – he will be directing the re-boot of HIGHLANDER.


I squealed when I saw the Morpheus/Neo reunion in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. The first time they have appeared together since The Matrix. And if you didn’t notice the annoying bright colours that appear in the movie following their meeting, you may realise now those colours were red and blue in honour of their pairing in The Matrix. This Just makes the movie even cooler! It’s pop culture coolness for fanboys.


Ruby Rose as Ares in John Wick 2



I fracking love Keanu, RIVER’S EDGE was the first movie I saw him in, and have been a fan ever since. Even that wooden delivery and somewhat stoner aura around him, it’s all him. Keanu is JOHN WICK as much as he was NEO, his delivery is sublime. He does over 90% of all his own stunts – he doesn’t get hit by the car and he didn’t do the epic staircase fall/ roll scene. He trained intensely for three months in judo, jujitsu, guns and driving. Not bad for a guy who turned fifty this year!!

Ian McShane nails it as always, I love his character and anything he does. Common is also impressive, as is Morpheus, I mean Laurence Fishburne. The only character I couldn’t stand was Ares played by Ruby Rose – she did my head in. There was some coolness to her not being able to talk but I cringed in every scene she was in. If you look at JOHN WICK as a computer game Ares is the second-to-last boss at the end of the game, and she was too lame for that position.


Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick 2



If you loved JOHN WICK you are going to jizz at JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. A perfect instalment in the trilogy that gives you everything you want in a JOHN WICK movie. This movie probably has the highest bang for buck on ticket prices of all time, the bodycount is astronomical. Keanu totally nails it as always and I cannot wait or CHAPTER 3.






 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan.  ** Images used are courtesy of various sources on Google or direct from the distributor or publisher. Credit has been given to photographers where known – images will be removed on request.