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John Wick: Chapter 2 [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] Bilingual
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 88 Grams
- Director : Chad Stahelski
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : June 13 2017
- Actors : Keanu Reeves, Common, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose
- Studio : Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
- ASIN : B06ZZ5RMNH
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,416 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Legendary hit man John Wick is forced out of retirement again by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers.
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It does start-off with a boring scene as far as I'm concerned (the car scene at the beginning), but this is actually the weakest moment in the film. Other actions scenes were great, performances good overall, an improvement on the first movie.
I also like how the "assassin underworld" is fleshed out here, giving us a glimpse to this quite bizarre universe John Wick has (though, admittedly, I think at one particular point at the very end things goes a bit far with this).
I can only hope for another worthy sequel.
Then again, as the second of a "trilogy", it was bound to be darker. This is John Wick intently going against the beat, not directing it.
In that sense, once you know what you're getting into, the movie do in fact live up to the expectations left by the first one. And while less spectacular than "Parrabellum", third entry in the series, it certainly upped the ante enough to breathe life in what was essentially a scenario out of an old arcade game.
Which doesn't means it's bad.
The main attraction here could be compared to the last Mad Max "Fury Road" : "How do you film a car chase of 2 hours?" simply became "can a single assassination run / non-stop gunfight be a movie?".
And the answer is a resounding YES.
(Or was it, how many time can you surprise a titular character by a flanking car charge?)
While it is an over the top one man army getting involved into an impossibly high calibre political assassination; it is the little tactical details that make the whole into a true story. One has to wonder how far this new vague of "realism" will affect the silver screen art form in the decades to come. Certainly, a new kind of narrative (more visual) has to be created in order to correctly classify this sophisticated sequel.
Though the first attempt to go with something so cryptic and obscure surrounding a powerful taciturn shooter might have been... "BLAME!", manga from Tsutomu Nihei.
We did watch both originals before going to see the third one... and I remain confident that "Chapter 2" would have been a decent ending to the tale of "the man who tried to be the most free on earth". The intensity is there from beginning to end, and while it doesn't mean much, since the universe wasn't very much explained, it is hard not to feel for the titular hero trying to get out of the spiralling disaster that civilization has turned out to be.
Quite random, but feeling justified enough to be whole.
Something that was not as potent for the third movie.
Strange... When we saw the first one, we got out telling ourselves that the movie did not needed any sequels. John Wick was perfect as is. Not knowing much of the details was part of the mystery and fun.
Then Chapter 2 got out and we hesitated to go, wondering what could possibly be told that wasn't already done. Chapter 2 achieved so much as a sequel that we found ourselves unwillingly waiting like children for the third one...
Now, that has passed.
And one can now reflect on how complete and symmetric "Chapter 2" really was.
John Wick started on the lyrics of "Killing strangers so that we don't kill the ones that we love".
But by the second chapter, strangers were gone... and already he was killing people that he respected - once.
John Wick chapter 2 is a very "nice" take on the man who had meaning, lost it, and cannot find it again - no matter how good or invulnerable he gets; love does not come in little convenient packages with both bullets and clips.
But as far as I have the impression further chapters will only rehearse what this movie beautifully and masterfully did by itself; we are speaking of John Wick here.
We all could end up very surprised.
Great movie if you like killing and fast action
But, in "John Wick Chapter 2" we have: item 1) the "Carmorra" (an Italian, non-Sicilian uber-criminal organization) who (amongst other things) are accorded a "seat" @ item 2) the "High Table". The latter organization being a kind of U.N. of organized crime, with the Mafia, the Bratva (well, the " Russian Mafia") the Vietnamese, the Koreans, etc., all divvying up the World's "assets" for their own heartless agenda--i.e. selfish gain.
Spoiler Alert: John owes a high-ranking Carmorra lieutenant--the oily, glib, amoral Santino D'Antonio a "marker" (i.e.: a debt of honour, literally a blood oath) & is forced to commit "one last job", after Santino destroys his (Wick's) suburban New York home. Thing is: the subject of the hit is none other than Santino's sister--the voluptuous Gianna D'Antonio, equally amoral, greedy & ruthless--also, inconveniently for Santino, the current holder of the Carmorra's seat @ "The High Table". It's a " Family affair"--which leaves John on the run--after killing dozens of Carmorra goons--& with an extra price on his head, after he pops Santino in the house restaurant of the Manhattan "Continental Hotel". Bad move John: no "business" shall be conducted on Continental premises--lest incurring "heavy penalties"--as the lordly Winston (manager of the Manhattan Continental) would remind him, before putting yet another price on John's head...
Even the Bowery King's organization--who took in a very beaten-up John Wick--& helped him try to kill Santino, wouldn't be of any use...All of which leaves us "Baba Yaga" fans (c.f.: 1st. John Wick movie) waiting on John Wick Chapter 3...
You either like the regular "Chop-Sockey", the Gun-Fu, the "Car Fu" (high-speed chases & collisions) & the eerie moral inversion, or you don't. John Wick movie franchise (& other violent movies like those) tell us volumes about the national character, frustration-levels of different demographic groups & our willingness to equate revenge with justice.
Another good thing the film-makers/ producers did, with these movies is: create a main characer who--if not exactly "lovable" in the conventional sense--honestly earns our respect & whose back-story garners our understanding. Those things, combined with our trust: John Wick IS genuinely trying to "get out" (of the life of a contract killer & similar peers) & (except for contracts he's forced into, or revenge) never kills anyone except in self-defense.
So, that's 3/4 of one Swiss Psychologist's defining components of "Luv". Eerie as it may seem--we care about this cold-blooded, professional killer--thanks to the film-maker's art...A man of such focus, determination & sheer f***ing will...You know. he once killed 3 men in a bar--with a pencil...
Which all leaves
This movie is worth buying on any platform.
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Man darf jedoch nicht wirklich genauer hin sehen. Ähnlich dem Punisher ist John Wick scheinbar unzerstörbar. Selbst schwere Verletzungen scheinen ihn kaum zu behindern oder innerhalb von Minuten zu heilen. Viele Pistolen scheinen bei ihm 20 Schuss und mehr zu haben und auch wenn er nicht genau in die Richtung des Gegners zielt, seine Schüsse treffen trotzdem.
Eigentlich müsste man für diese Schwächen einen Stern abziehen. Insgesamt jedoch hat mir der Film genauso gut gefallen wie der erste Teil und eine schlechte Bewertung wäre nicht gerecht.
Ich jedenfalls freue mich schon auf den 3. Teil.
Es wird ja immer wieder gerne mal vorgezählt, wieviel Leichen es bei Rambo III gab. Ich vermute mal, das John Wick 2 das noch toppt, habe aber versäumt von Beginn an zu zählen und noch mal tue ich mir den Film nicht an. Es wurde irgendwann einfach zu langweilig.