A Case For Better Action Movies: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO (2017)
However, as much as a means to an end as it should have been, his newest mission grants him far from the sort as Wick lands in Rome, Italy, to carry his assignment only to find himself double crossed. Blood is spilled and carnage ensues in the most dynamic of battles against the Continental's most deadliest of deadly as Wick's fight for survival upends with a price on his head and a target on his back from all corners of the world. With Continental politics in play, D'Antonio gains the upperhand sigaling a looming mafia war for territorial control of New York City and it's up to Wick to navigate the scant resources at his disposal to stop him with an ever-increasing bodycount, and a trail of blood in his wake that may never see an end in sight.
The John Wick saga, surprisingly as much as it is an R-rated affair geared toward its audience, is not for everyone, I am afraid. Clearly people have their different tastes and I know lately I'm not about to pander to certain crowds just to help sell a movie and win the approval of a targeted niche. In all honesty though, I love a serious action movie that isn't afraid to embellish a little bit, or even just mindless in the most fun of ways (flying cars a la Furious Seven and what have you), and with this, I love what the John Wick universe has to offer in all its prospects - from its players to the grand settings and maybe even the overall fanfare. Yes, I am fan. I love that we have, in Stahelski, a director among a handful in this day and age who is not only good at what he does when it comes to working stunts into film, but is coming into himself as a fully-fledged filmmaker however which way he moves forward.