John Wick is back, and he still has a lot of people that need to be killed.
John Wick Chapter 2 picks up shortly after the closing moments of the 2014 original as he goes to retrieve his car that was part of the impetus for his killing spree. Once he’s done with that he heads home, seals up his gear once again and is immediately confronted with the fact he had made a blood oath to Santino D’Antonio that he must honor or pay the consequences.
Chapter 2 wastes no time once again putting Keanu Reeves gun-fu skills to the test and delving further into the bizarre world of assassins and the businesses that support them. This time around we visit a second Continental hotel location in Rome as well as meeting the Accounts Payable Department which seems to be staffed by the members of the Suicide Girls burlesque squad.
It’s an entertaining film, but the change of driving motivation from an emotional one to a debt changes the tone of the film significantly, and somehow seems to lower the stakes.
The John Wick Chapter 2 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack piles on the special features from behind-the-scenes featurettes to even the comedy short Dog Wick.
- Deleted Scenes
- “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” Featurette
- ‘Training John Wick” Featurette
- “WICK-vizzed” Featurette
- “Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership” Featurette
- “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick” Featurette
- “Car Fu Ride-Along” Featurette
- “Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene” Featurette
- “Wick’s Toolbox” Featurette
- “Kill Count” Featurette
- Dog Wick Short
- Audio Commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski
If you’re a fan of the John Wick films, the bonus features alone are enough to make this Blu-ray a must-have purchase. The depth of information from the audio commentary to the various training features provide a wealth of information of just how much work it takes to put these films together.
On the other hand, if you’re just a casual fan of the series, then it becomes a bit more difficult to recommend. These features definitely dive deep, but they aren’t going to move the needle for you at all in regards to your enjoyment. And the film itself is a difficult one to judge due to slight tonal shift as to why Wick is going on this mission. The lack of revenge definitely makes all of this feel very different.
If you love the first film, pick up the John Wick Chapter 2 Blu-ray. If you weren’t completely onboard, then I would have to say you’re safe skipping the second outing.
Lionsgate provided us with a copy of the John Wick Chapter 2 Blu-ray for this review.