John Wick is my favourite movie of 2014; even better than The Raid 2, I hear you say? Why yes, and here’s why. It was an unapologetically R rated Hollywood action film. The type we rarely see any more so it was such a pleasant surprise to see a modern action movie with coherent action scenes, no CGI and memorable characters.
I loved the whole concept of The Continental too; a hotel for assassins where they can go and relax without killing each other… most of the time. They even have their own currency of gold coins; it created this whole new world with characters that I would love to see more of.
Never mind just a sequel, I want a spin-off featuring various assassins and what they do when they aren’t at The Continental.
Keanu Reeves was on the best form he’s been in since the original Matrix, where he made the character of John Wick incredibly sympathetic and yet utterly bad ass at the same time. The scene where he’s grieving is genuinely heartbreaking to watch and made me wonder what Keanu was thinking about to get into that headspace.
Then there’s the puppy; the scene when the poor dog is killed thankfully doesn’t happen on-screen but it’s implied and suitably effective.
The big question is though, what would be Wick’s motivation in a follow up? Here’s my idea: one of the members of The Continental goes rogue and begins to wipe out all of the other assassins that he sees as his competitors. The only way he can be seen as the best is to kill them all. When said rogue assassin kills Winston (Ian McShane), this is the last straw for Wick. With all of his allies dead, he is on his own mission of revenge against an adversary who is every bit his equal both mentally and physically.
I literally just thought that up while typing and is probably a rip-off of a billion other movies but with the writing skills of Derek Kolstad and the directorial prowess of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, I think they could strike gold again with another action-packed classic.
Sadly John Wick wasn’t a huge hit, but it wasn’t a failure either and will rapidly become a cult classic. The budget was only $20 million and so far the original has made $51,042,914 so that’s not a dud by any means.
So does it deserve a sequel? I say Hell Yes and make it snappy!