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Assassins have never looked so good as in this action packed sequel
By Rouén Robinson
Feb 14, 2017 - 2:44:06 PM

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Never Stab The Devil In The Back...

A legendary assassin is forced out of retirement again by a former employer who requires him to do what he does best so he could gain more control of an international guild of assassins. Bound by the laws of the guild he once worked for, the assassin must go to another country to square off against other assassins as highly skilled in the art of killing.

Jonathan Wick it a retired hitman brought out of retirement to pay a debt to another assassin, but when a price is put on his head due to his success he must hunt down the one responsible. Cassian is a chief bodyguard to Gianna D’Antonio and her current mentor in the art of assassination as she sits on the council that controls the International Assassins Guild. The Bowery King is an underground crime lord who must decide if it is worth the time and effort needed to help Wick in his vendetta against the person who has put a bounty on him. Santino D’Antonio is a powerful Italian crime lord who has called on Wick to repay a debt he owed, but when things do not go according to his plan he takes steps that worsen the situation for all involved.

John Wick: Chapter 2
is a worthy sequel to its predecessor as it expands the lore of the society of assassins that inhabit this world. The choreographed action sequences keep the level of fighting up to a respectable level while giving you just enough pauses in action to catch up on the plot of the story. I must admit that the need to see him achieve his vengeance is not as strong due to the circumstances, but seeing him in action on a legitimate assassination in a foreign country helps you to understand why he is known as The Bogeyman in certain circles. Keanu Reeves does a great job as John Wick and the supporting cast does a fantastic job of keeping the momentum going until the climax is reached and the groundwork is laid for the next installment. Chad Stahelski does an impressive job directing solo for the first time and Derek Kolstad shows that his writing on the first film was not a fluke. I can not say that I liked this one more than the original but that is only due to the fact that I had expectations from the first one that were met yet not exceeded.

I rate this movie a 3 1/2 out of 5.

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Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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