In 2014, John Wick came out from basically nowhere and surprised everyone with how crazy good it was. Keanu Reeves plays the titular character absolutely perfectly, and the whole world watched as he took revenge over his dead dog.
Now, The Boogeyman is back, but not by choice…
After John Wick plows through most of the bad guys who were even tertiarily involved in the death of his dog, it seemed that he had fulfilled his duty and would be able to settle down maybe. But nope. This time, a mark is called upon him, and his assassin’s code dictates that he must comply. Unfortunately for him, he is sent to kill a friend on behalf of her brother.
However, he doesn’t quite get away with it scot-free. Her bodyguard (played by Common, who kicks ass in everything he is in) pursues John mercilessly and that is about all I want to tell you.
As with the original film, this movie is completely filled with insane gunplay and stunts — and Keanu does it on his own. You’ll want to see the extra feature on this to see what I’m talking about. He’s a complete badass and his character is the same. This movie doesn’t let up for more than a few minutes at a time before some more insane action begins. There might not be the most plot involved, but I’ll be damned if these movies don’t have the most satisfying gun scenes since the lobby in The Matrix… maybe it’s been Keanu all this time?
If you’ve seen the original John Wick film and liked it, you owe it to yourself to watch this one as well. There isn’t quite as compelling draw into why he’s fighting, but it doesn’t really matter all that much. The goal here is to see John Wick kill some more dudes with the best gun choreography out there. Pick this up.
I have not seen John Wick 2 on standard Blu-ray to compare, but what I am seeing on this 4K release is top notch all the way. The darks are super dark, and the colors are very vibrant (including a few very exhilarating neon scenes). HDR makes a world of difference, and I’m sure that 4K is the way to go here.
For a film with gunplay, sound is extremely important. The audio track here (Dolby Atmos or 7.1) does a stellar job. There are several scenes where John tracks enemies by sound, and you are right there with him during it. Tiny, quiet sounds are heard all over and around you and bullets whiz by accurately. This is an exciting one to listen to.
- Audio Commentary with Keanu Reeves and Director Chad Stahelski
- Deleted Scenes
- Retro Wick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick
- Training John Wick
- Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership
- As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick
- Car Fu Ride-Along
- Chamber Check: Evolution of a Fight Scene
- Wick’s Toolbox
- A Museum Tour with Sir Jonathon Wick
- Kill Count
- Dog Wick Short
- Theatrical Trailer
While there are no 4K exclusive features here, there is a ton of stuff to dig into. The commentary is quite interesting (I might be biased, as I love me some Keanu Reeves). The Dog Wick spoof trailer is really good, and the gun choreography features are required viewing in my books.
As is the norm with Lionsgate 4K releases, John Wick 2 comes in a very attractive and shiny slipcover and the standard black amaray case. Inside is a UV code, the 4K disc, and a Blu-ray copy of the film.
John Wick 2 is almost a lock in every collector’s library. Casual viewers are also very likely to have picked this one up on release day. If you are on the fence, I can give it my highest recommendation if you liked the original or want to see some kick ass gun fighting.
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