There were some mighty fine action movies last year – Captain America: The Winter Solder, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past – but none towered above the underdog film that was John Wick.
Initially written off as a Keanu Reeves vehicle that wouldn’t amount to anything more than tears from dog owners, John Wick grabbed audiences by the throat and thrust beautifully choreographed gunplay moves at us without once letting go. By the film’s end, all we wanted was to see more of John’s world, but more importantly, we wanted to see more of John. However, things have been rather quiet on the sequel front to, arguably, 2014’s most surprising success…but that all changes today.
Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (Stahelski specifically) have stated the following regarding a sequel, “we’re in development right now.” But, even though the two just sent our imaginations through the roof, neither gave up any specifics regarding that statement. But, Stahelski did say, “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.”
That’s very true. Action movies are only as strong as the characters doing the action. In the first film, part of what we enjoyed so much was a desire to see John get closure for his newly deceased lover and the companion she left to him before passing. If a sequel can find a way to tap into those emotions again without lessening the impact of the original film, we most certainly say, bring it on. With a headshot double tap.
John Wick is now available on DVD and Blu Ray.
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