John Wick 2 – 2 stars
In John Wick, the Mob tried to take the man’s car and they killed his puppy. In response, he killed all of them. Hundreds. Everywhere. It was gloriously simplistic and fun.
This time around, we delve deeper into John Wick’s criminal world, where he has a debt to pay pursuant to a criminal code, and there is an entire bad guy underworld and ruling structure, with politics, and apparently, 75% of the folks walking the streets of New York City are potential assassins. More explication makes for a lesser film, and with the shootouts essentially the same as in the first picture, it’s pretty blah.
Spoiler – the new dog does not die.