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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017) – My rating: 7.5/10

johnwick2John Wick: Chapter 2 is an action thriller sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. The plot follows the popular hitman after he goes on the run when a bounty is placed on his head.  There is so much fighting and killing in this sequel, it made me tired just watching.  John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is well connected and has everything he needs to get the job done.  The only thing he doesn’t have, that he really wants, is freedom.  After the first John Wick film,  John considered himself a former assassin who just, going forward, wanted to be left alone to live his life as a free man.  The sequel opens with John tracking down his stolen 1969 Ford Mustang, which he finds at a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), brother of Viggo and uncle of Iosef from the first film.  During the recovery of his car, it gets heavily damaged so he calls on Aurelio (John Leguizamo), the owner of a high-end chop shop to repair it. 

After a visit from Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), John learns he is not free until he fulfills an oath sealed by blood years ago as a commitment into the assassins secret society.  When John refuses to honor his commitment, Santino burns down John beautiful home using a grenade launcher as a warning.   Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of the Continental hotel in New York City, reminds John that if he rejects the Marker, he will be violating one of the two unbreakable rules of the underworld: no killing on Continental ground, and the Markers must be honored. John accepts his duty and meets with D’Antonio, who tasks him with assassinating his sister Gianna D’Antonio (Claudia Gerini) so he can claim her seat on the “High Table,” a council of high-level crime lords. D’Antonio sends Ares (Ruby Rose), his personal bodyguard, to follow and keep an eye on John.

From here, the movie moves to Rome where John is expected to carry out his commitment.  Here he encounters Cassian (Common) an old colleague and bodyguard of Gianna’s.  There is much fighting, killing and counter plots as John fights to free himself from the Assassins underground organization.  Eventually, John seeks help from the underground crime lord Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne).  What ensues from this point is definitely a twist you won’t see coming.  John Wick is a killing machine — it’s all about survival and beating the odds.  The odds are bigger than any odds I’ve seen, which makes John’s journey seem pretty hopeless.  I wasn’t particularly fond of the sequel because of the endless killing and the hopeless plot.  John Wick: Chapter 2 has plenty of action and is not predictable.  If you don’t mind all the violence, check it out.



CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (2016) – My rating: 8.5/10

captainfantasticCaptain Fantastic really flew under the radar. I don’t believe I saw it advertised at all. Too bad because Captain Fantastic is a fantastic movie. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It gave me school for thought and taught me a thing or two about our value system.

Captain Fantastic is about a father, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) of six children; Bodevan “Bo” Cash (George MacKay), Kielyr Cash (Samantha Isler), Vespyr Cash (Annalise Basso), Rellian Cash (Nicholas Hamilton), Zaja Cash (Shree Crooks), Nai Cash (Charlie Shotwell) and their very sick mother, Leslie Abigail Cash (Trin Miller). All eight of them choose to live isolated from society in the Washington wilderness, which means away from the conveniences of modern man. The children are home schooled and hunt for their food. This means they don’t enjoy cloned meats, preservatives, tons of extra salt, pesticides and other unknown ingredients in their food. Disillusioned with Capitalism and American life, Ben and Leslie instill survivalist skills, left wing politics and philosophy in their children. There’s no technology, which allows the family to actually interact with each other as well as coexist with nature, train to be physically fit and self reliant. They also celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day” instead of Christmas.

The funny twist to this story is both parents have college degrees and Leslie comes from money. Of course her parents are not happy with Leslie’s decision to live the way she does and blames her husband Ben. When Leslie takes ill and ends up hospitalized, Ben carries on and there are scenes when he is so brutally honest with the children, you can’t do anything but laugh. When the family takes a trip to the wilderness, Captain Fantastic gets even more interesting and challenges everything you think is right. Without revealing any more of the plot, I highly recommend you see this movie, which is now on DVD. It’s really worth watching.

[Captain Fantastic is nominated for Best Actor]