Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bullets blaze in "John Wick 2", but not much else

Action movies can be a lot of fun.  Just look at Robert Rodriguez's work (El Mariachi, Planet Terror, Machete, etc), or even John McTiernan's early films (Predator, Die Hard), and you'll see what I'm talking about.  A good action movie usually features hundreds - if not thousands - of bullets, extravagant car chases, expertly choreographed fight scenes, stylized violence, and above all, a script worthy of its star's charisma (Bruce Willis in his prime is a good example of this).  Keanu Reeves' John Wick is, unfortunately, a character lacking depth, charm or any interesting traits whatsoever (unlike the similarly invincible Deadpool, who's actually funny and likable, John is a definition of dullness). He's a modern action hero for a new generation that's apparently ignorant about storytelling or character development; how also can one explain the incomprehensible 90% on Rotten Tomatoes for this brainless effort?

According to filmmakers of John Wick: Chapter 2, an action movie need not be anything but a hundred-and-twenty-minutes (a running time that is at least thirty or forty minutes too long) of its "bulletproof" hero (John never seem to suffer more than a scratch or a minor wound, and even after his house explodes with him inside of it, all he suffers is some dirt on his white sweatshirt) shooting everyone who comes at him right in the face at point blank range.  And this, pretty much, goes on for two hours.  The story is non-sensical, and simply an excuse for us to witness unlimited carnage with absolutely no suspense or vision whatsoever.  It is a movie so dumb and numb to any common sense or logic that I wondered if Michael Bay had something to do with its production (a scene featuring Common and Reeves on the opposite sides of a subway platform boarding the same train makes no fucking sense!)

Look, if you're the kind of moviegoer who isn't interested in being challenged in the least, and if prolonged, unimaginative shoot-outs is your definition of a good movie, then you may enjoy John Wick: Chapter 2.  Otherwise, you'd be depriving yourself of two hours that you may never get back.  You've been warned.

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