Posts Tagged ‘Chad Stahelski’

movie-john-wick-chapter-2-latino-audio-bigOne of my favorite action movies over the last couple of years was the out of nowhere John Wick which starred Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) as the title character. It has been quite some time since the last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post and I figured the best film to transition back into it is none other than the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2. We all know that int he last film, John Wick’s dog which was a present from his dead wife was killed and that his car was stolen. He took care of the problem in the last film, but he still needs to get his car back and he does. The only problem for John is that he thinks things are finally over until an Italian mob boss (Riccardo Scamarcio) suckers him back into the game by blowing up his house. Now the only problem is that he believes that if he does this job for him that all will be over until the mob turns the tables and double crosses him by putting a seven million dollar bounty on his head. The film also stars Ian McShane (Death Race) as Winston, Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) as Ares, Common (Smokin’ Aces) as Cassian, Lance Reddick (John Wick) as Charon, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as The Bowery King, Claudia Gerini (The Passion Of The Christ) as Gianna D’Antonio, and the film was directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

John Wick 2john-wick-chapter-2-10These series of films are becoming my favorite franchise and they definitely turn the ante up for this one. The first film he only had 78 kills and in this film he almost doubled it with 127 kills total. I am not sure if that is the most we’ve recorded here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, but it’s definitely a lot. There is still no origin story because we don’t find out much about his past other than the usual oh the boogeyman is here. There is no love interest because his wife is still dead, but he has a new dog though that has no name. The big boss was definitely defeated, but there is more trouble coming for poor John Wick. I honestly thought that when Laurence Fishburne showed up that we were going to get a Neo/Morpheus encounter, it just seemed like it was going to go there. The action sequences in the film are awesome and pretty intense plus there is some really cool kills that John has. One of the things I love about the film are the various characters that we see like the mute assassin/bodyguard, Common’s character, and the homeless beggars. It makes you believe that just about anyone could be an assassin like the random sumo wrestling looking guy. It keeps you hooked in and ready to see who shows up next. There is nothing Oscar worthy about this film, but it’s fun and that is all some of us want in our action films. I am going to give this one 4.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

john wickFor this week’s Ass Whoppin Wednesday film, I wanted to check out a film from Keanu Reeves that came out in 2014. The film had garnered a lot of buzz among the internet and some of my friends and so I had to check out John Wick. Keanu plays John Wick, a man that is considered to be one of the best hitmen in the business and one of the most feared, but the man has since retired from the business and is trying to enjoy life. That is until his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) passes away and that is when everything seems to spiral out of control for him. One day, he gets a package from his wife and inside is a dog that she had bought for him before she passed away to help console him. Well after running into some Russians, one of them kills his dog and steals his car from him. He hears that the one that did that is the son of his former boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist). So, John sets out on a mission to kill Viggo’s son Iosef (Alfie Allen) even though Viggo will try to stop it as best as he can. The film also stars Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) as Marcus, Dean Winters (OZ) as Avi, Adrianne Palicki (Legion) as Ms. Perkins, Daniel Bernhardt (Bloodsport 2) as Kirill, John Leguizamo (Kick Ass 2) as Aureilo, Ian McShane (Death Race) as Winston, Lance Reddick (The Wire) as Charon, David Patrick Kelly (Commando) as Charlie, Kevin Nash (WWE Legend) as Francis, and the movie was directed by Chad Stahelski (The Matrix). Now before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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john wick 2This has to be one of the most badass movies of 2014 and one of the best performances from Keanu Reeves since Point Break. There is non-stop action for most of the film and one of the cool parts is that you are introduced to a world that we have no idea about that exists among assassins. John has a lot of kills in this film as it registers at 79 altogether. As far as the origin story is concerned, all we know is that he was one of the most feared assassins that they called him the boogeyman. As I stated above, his love interest dies in the beginning and his dog is killed and I won’t give away who the other person that gets hurt is. I also want to say that this is definitely one of Adrianne Palicki’s best roles because she is also an absolute badass in the film. The beginning of the film will make you think that you know what happens in the end because the film begins with the end, but just watch and be amazed. One thing I did notice about the film as well is that there was a lot of MMA style fighting incorporated into how John Wick fought and Keith Jardine stars in the film. This is definitely one of my favorite films off the year and what a breath of fresh air this one was for action films after a lackluster year. I strongly recommend that everyone watches this especially if you are a fan of Keanu Reeves and because the scenes are gritty and the cinematography is fantastic. I am going to give the film four and the half fists out of five for a final grade.