Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Thomas Sadoski
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action thriller sequel directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) follows legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves), who is forced back out of retirement 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.
Santino D’Antonio: Listen to me. What is this? Do you remember? This is your blood. You came to me. I helped you. If you don’t do this, you know the consequences.
John Wick: I’m not that guy anymore.
Santino D’Antonio: You are always that guy, John.
John Wick: I can’t help you. I’m sorry.
Santino D’Antonio: You’re right. You can’t. But he can. I’ll see you soon, John.
The Tailor: Buongiorno, Seniore Wick.
John Wick: Chao, Angelo.
The Tailor: Welcome back to Rome.
The Tailor: [in Italian] Would you be in need of a new suit?
John Wick: I am.
The Tailor: [we see Wick getting measured for a suit] Tell me, Mr. Wick, is this a formal event or a social affair?
John Wick: Social.
The Tailor: And is this for day or evening?
John Wick: I need one for day and one for night.
The Tailor: And what style?
John Wick: Italian.
The Tailor: How many buttons?
John Wick: Two.
The Tailor: Trousers.
John Wick: Tapered.
The Tailor: How about the lining?
John Wick: Tactical.
The Tailor: Carbide discs, ceramic matrices, accompanied laminate, cutting edge body armor. We just sew it between the fabric and the lining.
John Wick: Could you do a rush order?
The Tailor: I sure can. Where would you like to have it sent?
John Wick: The hotel.
Gun Salesman: Mr. Wick? Do enjoy your party.
John Wick: [walks up the Continental Hotel Reception] I’d like to see the manager.
Charon: How good to see you again so soon, Mr. Wick. Shall I announce you?
John Wick: Yes, please.
John Wick: [to his dog] Stay.
Charon: [makes a call as Wick leaves] Mr. Wick is on his way to see you, sir.
Winston: [to Wick] The contract has gone international. You have no idea what’s coming.
Santino: If John Wick isn’t dead he soon will be.
John Wick: Winston, Tell them. Tell them all. Whoever comes, I’ll kill them. I’ll kill them all.
Winston: Of course you will.
The Bowler King: The man. The myth. The legend. John Wick. You’re not very good at retiring.
John Wick: I’m working on it.
'You stabbed the devil in the back and forced him back into the life that he had just left.' - Winston (John Wick: Chapter 2) Click To Tweet
The Bowler King: He’s offered seven million dollars for your life. Seven million dollars is a lot of money, Mr. Wick.
John Wick: So I guess you have a choice. Do you want a war, or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowler King: Somebody please get this man a gun!
John Wick: [gets his gun ready] Let’s go.
The Bowler King: Your descent into hell begins here, Mr. Wick. Earl will guide, do be careful on your way down. Oh, and remember, you owe me.
John Wick: You don’t want me owing you.
Winston: [to Wick] You stabbed the devil in the back. To him this isn’t vengeance, this is justice.
John Wick: Can I see him?
Cassian: You working?
John Wick: Yeah. You?
Cassian: Yeah. Good night?
John Wick: Afraid so.
Cassian: I’m sorry to hear that.
[they look at each other for a moment before they draw their guns at each other and start shooting]
Ares: [signing] Be seeing you soon, John Wick.
John Wick: I’ll try and do the same.
Woman: Rough night?
John Wick: Rough night.
John Wick: I’m back!
Winston: You stabbed the devil in the back and forced him back into the life that he had just left. You incinerated the priest’s temple. Burned it to the ground. Now he’s free of the marker, what do you think he’ll do? He had a glimpse of the other side and he embraced it. But you, Signor D’Antonio. took it away from him.
Winston: Jonathan, listen to me.
Santino D’Antonio: A man can stay here a long time and never eat the same meal twice.
Winston: Jonathan, just walk away.
Santino D’Antonio: Yeah Jonathan. Walk away.
Winston: [suddenly John kills Santino with a bullet in the forehead] What have you done?
John Wick: Finished it.
This film is absolutely fantastic. Pure action all the way through. In the same vein as the first John Wick but even better. Bloodier. Bolder. Funnier. In fact some of the comedy touches are shear genius. And was that a quick 1 second glimpse of a commodore 64 I saw in there? Please can someone confirm. Common is fantastic as one of the villains. In fact his interplay with Keanu is superb.