Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bloody, action-packed trailer debuts for 'John Wick: Chapter Two'

John Wick was one of the biggest surprise cult films in recent memory, taking the film world by storm in the fall of 2014. The hyper-violent action film received great reviews, and immediately became an iconic role for Keanu Reeves, who hadn't had a major success in years. The film didn't have much of an impact at the box office, grossing only $43 million in America and $86 million worldwide. However, that was more than enough to make a profit off the film's $20 million budget, and after a brief hiatus, Reeves and director Chad Stahelski are returning with John Wick: Chapter Two. Set to bring the dangerous hitman back into the world of organized crime for another adventure, Chapter Two has the potential to take the series to a whole new level. Check out the latest trailer for John Wick: Chapter Two below!

I only recently watched the original John Wick, which I had heard nothing but great things about for over two years. It's a good, pulpy action movie, schlocky trash elevated to a different level thanks to the steady direction of Stahelski and David Leitch, the icy charisma of Reeves, and the brutally stylish action scenes that almost feel balletic at times. Chapter Two looks to give us more of the same, and I'm more than okay with that. Not only have the filmmakers created a terrific character with John Wick, but they've created a universe that is fascinating and unique and a pure blast of fun. The addition of Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, and Common to the franchise feels perfect, and the operatic bursts of gory violence on display in this trailer look right on target for Mr. Wick. I don't have super high expectations for this film- after all, despite all of the hype and geek frenzy over the original, it's only a solid slice of gleefully violent pulp. But with all the pieces in place, I know that Chapter Two will deliver the goods.

John Wick will fight his way back into theaters on February 10, 2017.

Image courtesy of Lionsgate

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