If you haven’t seen John Wick, you are missing out on one of the best action movies in years. You remember how you felt after stumbling upon the first Taken. If you were like me, you were thinking this is badass.
Multiply that by 10 with John Wick. I know Keanu Reeves catches grief about his acting, but I love the guy. And the role is tailored made for him. It makes me want to buy a bespoke suit and a classic muscle car to drive around.
Good news for fans of John Wick. The sequel is happening. After pulling in $78.7 million on a $20 million budget, you knew Keanu would be back. Too much money for Lionsgate and Keanu to turn down.
Even better news? Filming starts this fall. The old gang is back. Keanu as Wick. The film’s creative team is also back. Chad Stahelski will be in the director’s chair and David Leitch as an executive producer and co-director.
The two are stuntmen turned directors. And judging by the job they did with John Wick’s fight choreography, there is zero reason to doubt their prowess behind the camera.
What about possible plot lines of John Wick 2? For now, the silence is deafening. Here’s the synopsis from IMDB for the sequel:
“The continuing adventures of former hitman, John Wick.”
Alright. The first movie didn’t have an intricate plot anyways. Russian gangsters killed his beagle; Wick goes on a rampage of revenge giving us scenes like this:
That is just pure awesome from a film. What makes it? You can tell Keanu Reeves actually trained for the role. No quick cuts to disguise any lack of preparation. Everything was shot to focus on the actor as he moved through the club.
Unique Shooting Style
The shooting style is unique and is known as ‘central axis relock.’ Developed by Paul Castle, it’s designed for close combat. The shooter keeps the firearm close to the body with the sights close to your eye. You then keep your weak shoulder pointed towards where you’re shooting.
Mostly, the style is used with handguns, but it is quickly becoming popularized with tasers, shotguns and assault rifles. YouTube is filled with videos on how to master the technique.
Realistic Hand to Hand Fighting
Another area where the movie shines is the hand-to-hand fighting. Wick uses Judo when he’s not wielding a pistol. Further realism comes from the continuation of the story. In the nightclub scene, he gets shot in the chest while wearing a bulletproof vest. He’s hurt, and it shows as he loses a hand-to-hand fight and escapes the club.
Most action movies? You never see that. The hero has unlimited health and always wins.
The two we all wanted were 1969 Ford Mustang Iosef stole from Wick, and the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle he drove to the Continental Hotel. I really want that car.
John Wick 2 Speculation
We have little to go on, so the plot of John Wick 2 is pure speculation. While everyone sarcastically points to his new dog getting killed, I don’t think the team is heading in that direction.
If anything, the sequel begs for either a full-on prequel or serious flashback sequences. The directors could flashback to the impossible job Wick had to complete to leave the employment of Viggo to be with his wife.
Other possibilities I’d like to see is more on the Assassin’s Group and the Continental Hotel. It’s obvious John Wick is back, let’s put him to work.
More Ian McShane, the owner of the Continental Hotel and Lance Reddick, the concierge of the hotel. You know he has to be a badass assassin too. Besides, they are about the only two main characters that survived the first movie. Everyone else earned a bullet from someone.
Now if you want to go deep down the rabbit hole, there is a scene in the first John Wick. While in the shower, the camera shows off the extensive tattoos on Wick. One the camera hangs on is the Latin phrase “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat.”
The literal translation of that is Fortune Favors the Bold. That happens to be extremely close to the motto of the 3rd Battalion Marines stationed at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Now, it could be a tribute to Keanu’s Hawaiian heritage, or it could be a nod Wick was a former US Marine.
Now, him being a former Marine and possibly special operations really opens where they can take the sequel.
Just keep the action cranked to 100 all the way.
What do you think? Should John Wick 2 be a flashback and we get more Viggo? Or, should they keep pressing forward and introduce new elements to the series? As long as they don’t fall into the Taken trilogy trap, all will be well.
Keanu Reeves kicking ass, tons of action and the baddest cars you will see on the silver screen. Now that makes for one hell of a popcorn movie and a nice change of pace from the steady deluge of Marvel/DC films.