John Wick Chapter 2: 4KUHD Review

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The Movie: 7/10
I’m torn. I have to give the movie a fairly middle of the road score, and yet I really enjoyed it. I confess, John Wick does it for me. I liked the first one, in spite of every fiber of my being tried to fight it. The fibers lost. I just went along for the wild ride of a dark assassin underworld and all of it’s strangeness. Our John just wants to be left alone, and these a-holes take his car, kill his dog, and leave him no choice. He has to kill them all. I get it. In Chapter 2 we find our leading man as he finishes up his business with the bad guys from the first one, hoping to end all this association with the underworld. His hoping didn’t do much good.

We learn about the rules of this dark world we know nothing about. He had a guy help him  years before to get out of “the life”. That guy is back for his return favor. John is a man of honor, and he desperately just wants to be left alone, so he does the guy’s bidding. One of my favorite scenes of the movie is with John and an Italian boss lady in this underworld. It’s elegant and dark and kind of emotional in a way that I didn’t expect.

As John needs to complete his task, we learn more about how his connections in this lifestyle make it possible for him to be a ghost and a force to be reckoned with all at the same time. The thugs keep coming as we follow John on a seriously disconcerting killing spree. Yes, we are lead to believe they all have it coming, but hey kid, we’ve all got it comin’. (Eh hem, that’s from Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, by the way.) If you don’t like lots of violent ends to fictional human lives, don’t watch this movie. I’m just telling you now. You have been warned.

There are things in this movie you have NEVER seen before, and that’s always a good thing. I’m  not talking about the story. An assassin who gets roped into something bad and his people want to take him out…..if you are not aware of this movie world reality, grow up!

What I enjoy about Wick is both our man Keanu, combined with the single mindedness of his character. There are no surprises or diverting from this mission, or his ethical dictate, whatever that might be. He fits the part, and without his stoic disconnectedness John’s choices wouldn’t make sense.

Overall I loved it. The more I think about it, the harder it is to justify my enthusiasm for it. People can complain that it’s vapid and boring and too violent for the sake of it. Yes, yes, and yes, I agree. What can I say, there is something intangible about John Wick that pulls me in and fills my mind with a good distraction with action I have never seen, with stunts I am in awe of, and a story about an aspect of a fictional human world that makes me want to see more.

Features: 8/10

  • Audio Commentary With Keanu Reeves & Director
  • Retro Wick: Exploring The Unexpected Success Of John Wick (4 Minutes) – A look at how the first movie became a huge hit.
  • Training John Wick (12 Minutes) – A deep dive into the training needed to bring this to the screen.
  • Wick-vizzed (5 Minutes) – Pre-viz footage taken from a dress rehearsal.
  • Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership (10 Minutes) – A look at the relationship between Director Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves, Chad was Keanu’s stunt double for a number of years.
  • As Above, So Below: The Underworld Of John Wick (5 Minutes) – A look at the underground world of John Wick.
  • Car Fu Ride Along (5 Minutes) – The Mustang used in the opening sequence was actually three Mustangs. Here we take a look at them.
  • Chamber Check: Evolution Of A Fight Scene (10 Minutes) – A look at all the fight scenes in the movie broken down into a technical analysis.
  • Wick’s Toolbox (8 Minutes) – Exploring Wick’s many weapons.
  • A Museum Tour With Sir Johnathan Wick (3 Minutes) – An Italian Woman shows us around the modern art gallery used in the movie.
  • Kill Count (3 Minutes) – recaps all the kills in the movie.
  • Dog Wick Short (2 Minutes) – Funny trailer with a canine twist.
  • Theatrical Trailer (2 Minutes)
  • 4K Disc, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art: 5/10
OK, here is where my true weakness for John Wick shines brightly. This cover is really not very good. It’s boring and I hate the lack of effort with the background. I mean, it’s got some lights passing by, or something, but it’s just blah. His pose isn’t the John Wick I know. He wouldn’t stand sideways and look back over his shoulder. He’s just face you down straight forward. Yea, I might be over thinking this. I would have it as a poster, just because I’m a fan of the Wick world.

Audio & Video: 10/10
Video quality here is amazing on both the Blu-ray and 4K disc. The 4K transfer is presented in 2160P in 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The HDR used here is above and beyond what is present on the Blu-ray and really makes the film shine. Neon lit cityscapes look incredible in 4K and the action when fast moving never becomes a blur.  Shadow detail is incredible thanks to the HDR and looks way more impressive than the Blu-ray in the scenes under the concert in the middle of the film.

The 4K and Blu-ray both feature the same superb sounding Dolby Atmos track. From the opening of the movie the sounds pan around the room and the LFE channel is off the charts. This is a movie that tests your home theater system with almost constant gunfire and dialog that is never lost in the noise. This is an impressive presentation that will make even the most jaded home theater fan giddy.

Overall Score 7/10