Back in Action! Keanu Reeves in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

john-wick-chapter-2-movie-wideOne of the most pleasant surprises of 2014 was John Wick — a little-heralded action shoot ’em up that did nothing less than redefine the genre with flashy gunplay and stylish visuals. Even the rapid-fire editing helped propel the story along rather than confusing audiences.

Keanu Reeves was absolutely perfect as the polished killer of few words but many bullets. Wick was known as much for his flashy wardrobe as his prowess at killing — and, wow, could he kill!

The plot of the original movie was almost a cookie-cutter revenge scenario — almost! The clever conceit of the movie is precisely why Wick went on his rampage! It would be cruel of me to reveal the secret, so I’ll just beg you to watch the original and love it as much as I do.

He’s the ballistic first trailer for the sequel:


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‘John Wick 2’ To Start Shooting

A sequel to John Wick is slated to begin production for Lionsgate this fall — which means any day now. This is terrific news.

John Wick was the sleeper hit — if an action movie can be considered a sleeper — of 2014, with Keanu Reeves in the title role of a hitman forced out of retirement to wreak destruction on an epic scale. Reeves will be back for John Wick 2, along with co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, and writer Derek Kolstad. It instantly became a cult favorite.

As for capturing lightning in a bottle again, Stahelski said:

“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

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