Keanu Reeves was only 50 when he made a successful action comeback in John Wick (2014). Despite the fact that he’s younger than Liam Neeson (who’s 56 when he started Taken franchise), Reeves was in a larger need of a homecoming project, as he had grown weary since The Matrix Trilogy ended and after several box office bombs in-between.
And the result wasn’t disappointing. John Wick is contented with well-crafted fighting choreography and well-shot cinematography. The revenge plot is delivered with style and satisfying thrill. Reeves, playing a retired hitman turning back to the game, also gives an old school vibe, both of his glorious past record as an action hero and his internalization to the new character who’s told to fight leaving the crime world so hard.
The premise behind Wick’s comeback to the underworld is so simple that it’s praised. Instead of taking revenge of someone beloved, Wick can’t help chasing after a Russian gang for killing his puppy named Daisy. Wick is so lost since his wife’s death and Daisy is the only one helping Wick ease the pain. And the story goes, urging Wick not only to settle up his emotional loss, but also to clean up the remaining sin of his dark past. And John Wick: Chapter 2 won’t be less different but more straightforward; Wick returns as a hitman, this time with a specific mission, giving him more confidence and reasons to appear wicked.
More threats, more traps, and of course, more fights, the trailer promises us that Wick plays merciless by giving his last all in this mission. More surprises to give, especially Ruby Rose (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) playing a mute female assassin and Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel, Passengers) reclaiming his crime throne. Fortunately, we find only one thing come absent all the way watching the trailer, no more Wick grieving over a dog’s death.
Release Schedule: February 2017