Fandom can be a fickle thing. We are a diehard, deeply passionate group of people who have very strong feelings about the things that we love. After seeing 2014’s action-packed revenge thriller John Wick, I and many others fell in love with the Keanu Reeves-starring movie about a taciturn hitman who murders everyone and their mother after armed goons steal his car and kill the puppy his recently deceased wife gave him as a present. Naturally, when they announced John Wick: Chapter 2 was on the way, we were excited but apprehensive. What if it wasn’t as good? What if they messed it up? What if they killed twice as many puppies this time around? Well, as it turns out, the film is as good, if not better than the original. And it also turns out that the cast felt this immense pressure too, as I learned when I sat down with Keanu Reeves, Common, and Ruby Rose at a recent press day in Los Angeles.
The film isn’t just momentous for being John Wick’s return to the big screen; it also marks an auspicious reunion of The Matrix co-stars Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. While they don’t have the same Neo/Morpheus relationship this time around, seeing the two on screen together again was electrifying. Hear what Reeves had to say about their reunion:[brightcove video_id=”5308646471001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]
John Wick: Chapter 2 opens on Friday, February 10.
Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@Osteoferocious).