Keanu Reeves has had a strange career. Every time you think he’s finally cashed in his chips as a viable leading man comes a movie that re-establishes his credentials. Over the last 30 years we’ve seen Speed, The Matrix and John Wick all rejuvenate his status as a movie star. 2014’s John Wick was a lean and mean actioner that came out of nowhere to score decent box office ($45.7 million US and $88.8 million globally) and a serious cult following.
A cool breeze blows through 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2, an unstoppable action driven plot that sees Reeves’ Wick drawn back into a violent underworld to pay off a debt. Things get violent and things get bloody, though Reeves’ looks good partaking in various ass-kicking, wearing nicely cut suits under the direction of Chad Stahelski. Reeves is joined by an interesting supporting cast that include Common, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Frank Nero and his old Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. They don’t get an awful lot to go, but that add a bit of credibility to this film, which is effectively a 21st Century Charles Bronson revenge flick.
Released in 2017, John Wick: Chapter 2 grossed $92 million at the US box office and $171.5 million worldwide.