John Wick: Chapter 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Poster Image
Assassin action sequel is thrilling but very bloody.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 122 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even among thieves and murderers, a code of honor exists. Also, a promise is a promise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

John Wick is a deadly killer, but he struggles with the line of work he finds himself stuck in and is desperate to leave it all.

Violence

Absolute carnage: The movie is a mill of gory, bloody mayhem. People are shot point blank. A person slashes their own wrists; the resulting blood turns bath water into a crimson well. Vehicles ram their way through the streets and run people over; people are stabbed, one in the chest, his death a lingering scene. Many deaths.

Sex

A woman is briefly shown completely naked, but it's filmed from afar.

Language

"S--t," "hell," "damn," and "f--k."

Consumerism

Products/brands shown/mentioned include Victoria's Secret, Nokia, Applebee's, American Eagle Outfitters, Mustang, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like the original John WickJohn Wick: Chapter 2 is an action-packed, very violent thriller about an assassin played by Keanu Reeves. Name a brutal act -- stabbing, point-blank shooting, bloody suicide via wrist-slashing -- and you'll likely find it here; the movie is nonstop gory mayhem. There's also some nudity (a full-frontal female shot, but it's filmed from afar, so it's hard to see details) and plenty of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," and more), as well as some social drinking. And there are moments of wit and levity to provide much-needed breathers in what's otherwise a sea of brutality.

User Reviews

Adult Written bySam Marrick February 12, 2017

SEE IT

Does everytjing Wick 1 did and Better. Gun Fu, Car Fu, Kung Fu, all up to 11! Minimal BS Shakey cam, great coreography, compelling world building, cathartic vio... Continue reading
Adult Written byStevie111 February 11, 2017

Fantastic Follow Up to John Wick that is Quite Brutal

John Wick Chapter 2 is a pretty near perfect sequel. The action scenes, like the first film, are incredible and there is a decent story. There is a good balance... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byParentsucantrustme February 11, 2017

Ok for 11 and up

The movie isn't really that bad.if your child has seen movies like lone survivor than your child should be fine.the language isn't that major and the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHarry.trax March 7, 2017

Great action movie!

Extremely violent action movie! Has shocking fight scenes and good story plot. Violence and gore: 5/5 Sex and nudity: 2/5 Language: 4/5 Frightening images an... Continue reading

What's the story?

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) left the life of an assassin to get married and settle down. But his decision comes back to haunt him in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, when Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), the man to whom Wick owes his exit -- and who reminds him of a blood oath Wick gave as "payment" -- comes back to collect. It's an offer he can't refuse, but the assignment is horrific: Wick must kill Santino's sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini), who now owns a seat at the High Table, a collection of the world's top criminal operators, which she inherited from her and Santino's father. Her death ignites a chain of events that will leave Wick the target of everyone's wrath, especially Santino, who's as cold-blooded as a man like him gets. (Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane co-star.)

Is it any good?

If there's a plot in this fun-but-too-gory follow-up to John Wick, it's not there to serve the narrative. Instead, it exists as a bar on which to hang all the bloodshed that the film unfurls in its ferocious, vicious glory -- which appears to be the point of this entire enterprise. Not more than five minutes (okay, maybe 10 in one spot) pass in between fights, confrontations, and face-offs.

Perhaps because they're a welcome break from the nonstop violence, the witty, sometimes weirdly funny moments that thread through the film (and the series -- the first John Wick was similar) are all the more appealing. For instance, there's a sequence in which a "sommelier" describes guns as if they were Chardonnays and Chiantis. And Reeves' brand of tight-lipped spy soldier is perfect for the franchise: He's brawny and conflicted, tough and empathetic, and very well-versed in the ways of weaponry.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in John Wick: Chapter 2. Do you think it's all necessary to the story? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is John Wick a hero or a villain? How can you tell? Is it OK to sympathize with characters who do bad things?

  • What motivates John Wick? Do you understand where he's coming from? Does he have any acceptable excuses for violence?

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