I was introduced to “John Wick” by my loving husband — a gift, I think, more for him than for me.
There is something to be said for the sheer amount of action-packed footage found in the original movie.
I always have been captivated by the concept of honor among thieves.
While this franchise isn’t about thieves, it pretty obviously shows a fair amount of the mores held in the underground.
Keanu Reeves breathes life into Wick, although it was a casting choice I initially questioned.
I will admit that as I grow older, I have become more fond of the many action movies staring Reeves.
“Constantine” — the movie, of course — remains one of my favorite films and “The Matrix” trilogy rank fairly high on my list of favorite Reeves movies.
However, I still generally prefer other leading men in my action movies, such as Hugh Jackman and Jason Statham.
The choreography in “John Wick,” and now “John Wick 2,” catapults these movies onto the same list I have set aside for movies such as “The Transporter.”
The 53-year-old Reeves delivers, performing many of the stunts himself.
Without spoiling anything, I will say this: If it has been a while since you saw the first movie, watch it again before viewing the sequel.
There were minor plot points that I could not recall, which made the movie a bit confusing until I could remember some of the series of events from the first movie.
For those who are not aware, a comic book series has been announced for this franchise, as well as a third movie, still listed as “in development” on IMDB.
Some critics say the second movie is “pointless.” Fans seem to feel differently, though. Rotten Tomatoes shows a 4 out of 5 star rating.
I have to say that’s pretty accurate for how I feel, as well.
Be prepared to watch solid chunks of action, because once it starts, it sometimes seems like it never will end.
Who knows, maybe we’ll see Reeves in the next installment of “The Expendables”?