starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane
written by Derek Kolstad
directed by Chad Stahelski
by Walter Chaw There's something of Highlander in John Wick: Chapter 2, this idea that there are people-looking things walking among us, wrestling for control of something, jockeying for arcane positions in mysterious hierarchies. It's disturbing in the best way; dislocating, world-building. It's what makes stuff like The Matrix work, the suggestion that there's a reality underlying ours--and in a scene among pigeons on top of a New York tenement, the film features a Matrix reunion where Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) greets Neo (Keanu Reeves) with a "been a long time" nod. John Wick: Chapter 2 is meta in a way that fits exactly right into the feeling of a picture that spends most of its time building on the alternate universe introduced in the original. It's aligned right there with M. Night Shyamalan's Split and the possibility that there are comic-book worlds outside of DC and Marvel and they're, what's the word? They're amazing.