Posts Tagged ‘Riccardo Scamarcio’

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-WickLast year, Keanu Reeves was featured in a film that absolutely suited him well in John Wick which was a film about an ex-hitman who goes for revenge after some Russian mobsters killed his dog and stole his car. The film only grossed about 40 million in the US, but it made 130 million worldwide. It was the growing popularity of the film once it was released on VHS that prompted the studio to OK a sequel to the film and now we have some news for you on whose coming back and whose coming aboard for the first time. Obviously, Keanu Reeves returns to reprise his role as John Wick, but he is joined by returning cast members John Leguizamo who plays chop shop owner Aurelio,  Lance Reddick (White House Down) as Charon, the concierge from the Continental Hotel, Tom Sadowski (Wild) as Jimmy, Ian McShane (Death Race) as Continental Hotel Owner Winston, and Bridget Moynahan as John’s late wife who we presume will be for flashbacks. The new cast members that were announced for the film are Ruby Rose (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Riccardo Scamarcio (Burnt), and Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street). We hear that rapper/actor extraordinaire Common will be in the film to play the major villain. There is no word on a release date, but as soon as I hear something I will let all of you know.

170px-Robin_Williams_2008In other news, I was not aware of the fact that the late Robin Williams had recorded tons of audio recordings as Genie when he filmed the original Aladdin which could have meant that Disney could make a sequel even after his death. Unfortunately, you will have to hold your horses on any chance of that happening according to a stipulation in the late actors will. Apparently, there is a stipulation in his will that prevents Disney from using anything that has to do with Robin Williams for at least 25 years. That is sad news indeed for anyone who was a fan of the brilliant performance Robin made as Genie. It looks like it won’t be until 2040 until Robin Williams will be in a film again as Genie and that is even if Disney still goes forward with that.

Mariah-CareyIn some more animated news, The LEGO Batman Movie is happening which is super exciting considering how awesome The LEGO Movie was. Will Arnett was one of the highlights of the film when he played Batman and we know that he is coming back to play the caped crusader in the film, but there is some strange news in my opinion. Mariah Carey is apparently in negotiations to play none other than Commissioner Gordon. I know that she has done some voice work before as well as acting, but as Commissioner Gordon? I am not sure quite how I feel about that, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless. The Flash director and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script for The LEGO Batman Movie which is going to be directed by Chris McKay who was the animation supervisor for The LEGO Movie. The film will be released into theaters on May 26, 2017.