In the world where blood is the currency, there is nothing more important and valuable than ethics. It is ethics that makes one’s position in a bloodbath is righteous one. What we see in John Wick: Chapter2 is the vivid example of the importance of code ethics among assasins or individuals within any underground criminal individuals. And, it is the fulfillment of the code ethics that will show that, at some points, a criminal is morally upright compared to those who seek money and power by staying behind the desk.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is started by scenes which John Wick (Keanu Reeves) continues his mission to have his stolen Mustang back. His only solution is tackle Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), Viggo’s brother and also uncle of Iosef. Abram is frightened after knowing the fact that John manages to handle his men single handedly and take the car. John is then going home, and asking a favor from Aurelio (John Leguizamo) to repair the car. However, John has only few moment to revel in the moment since Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) makes a visit and demands his service by showing a marker, an unbreakable promise symbolized by a blood oath medallion. Santino wants John to kill Gianna D’Antonio (Claudia Gerini), his own sister, in order to have her seat in the High Table, which is a council of high-level crime lords.
To accomplish his service, John goes to Rome and meets Gianna privately. She tries to commit suicide, but John saves her from further pain by giving her headshot. Apparently, Cassian (Common), Gianna’s bodyguard, is getting suspicious to his coming to the venue and pursues him to death. They both are then saved by Julius (Franco Nero), the manager of the Continental Hotel in Rome, from brutally killing each other. To cover his crime, Santino opens a $7 million contract for John’s murder so that numerous assassins attack John, including Cassian who is now in New York. Heavily wounded, John find himself safe under The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) who later tells him Santino’s whereabouts. John has nothing more important to do other than finishing Santino and his gang, though he has to do that before the eyes of Winston (Ian McShane) at the Continental Hotel New York. At the end of the movie, John says that he has nothing to worry following Winston’s words that he is about to be excomunicated from the Continental; and, that the Camorra’s has doubled the contract and offered globally.
Compared to the first movie, John Wick: Chapter 2 is more captivating. The movie successfully mixes action and drama, though the first component dominates more. Watching John Wick: Chapter 2, viewers might feel watching a video game; or, at least the movie will be translated into video games. Different from the predecessor, this work contains a balance portion between friendship and betrayal. This time, John Wick doesn’t work alone; he has many friends help him to accomplish his mission. The fact that he had killed Santino at Continental Hotel doesn’t cause any trouble for Winston and Charon (Lance Reddick) to show their sympathy to John. Broadcast message following his ‘excommunicado’ shock his friends. Who will work with John in the next sequel? And, how will John survive anticipating global terror towards his life? We can’t figure out or predict what happen next. We just receive a message that John is not afraid and quite confidence though this world fight against him.