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John Wick - Chapter 2: Action sequel hits the spot

By Damon Smith

Having exacted his revenge at the end of the first film, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) reclaims his beloved Mustang car and heads home to enjoy his retirement from the killing game. He buries his weapons beneath a fresh layer of cement in the basement and recalls happier times with his wife (Bridget Moynahan).

Out of the blue, Italian crime lord Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) visits John and implores him to assassinate his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini). The crime lord holds a blood marker and John is obliged to carry out the hit in Rome, where Gianna is under the constant surveillance of her private bodyguard Cassian.

Chapter 2 takes the fisticuffs to the next level, replete with a dizzying showdown in a hall of mirrors reminiscent of Bond classic The Man With The Golden Gun.

Three stars

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