‘John Wick: Chapter 2′ is what every sequel should aspire to be.

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John Wick: Chapter 2
 continues the story of John Wick after he returns to the criminal underworld to repay a debt and discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

With this sequel that every sequel aspires to be, Keanu Reeves proves that he still has it and that he’s an immortal vampire that’ll never share his secrets of eternal youth. Chapter 2 proves to be still as ridiculously over the top as the original and it’s rare that action type films have any sort of artistic value but with John Wick, there’s no doubt that it proves to be something of quality.

if you want a break from all the drama and seriousness of cinema, without having to venture into the sloppiness that comedy has become, this is the film for you. The production value of the film has been set incredibly high and is an incredible film in itself, from the colour, design, and action sequences that are beyond impressive and would put any Tom Cruise action film to shame.

And despite its extended run time from the original, you don’t feel its length as film sucks you in and spits you out. To simply put it, John Wick: Chapter 2 proves to be all around enthralling as you live in another world. It’s one of the best action films in a very long time and is everything you’d want from one. Even with other familiar faces in rapper Common is commendable in his role and the brief appearances of Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, as well as Laurence Fishburne, they all made their own impact in the small roles they were given. It was a primarily Keanu Reeves held role and any up and comer struggling with the weight of a film on their shoulders should take note. The only slight disappointment was Australian Ruby Rose who barely made an impact. While representation is a downfall in Hollywood, Rose’s character can be commended for that, but her performance as a whole was bland and unmemorable. She’s not an actress and it shows.

If you loved the first, you’ll love the second, and even then, it’s well worth your time and money.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.

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If you’re looking for something to watch about Pablo Escobar, this isn’t the film for you.


The Infiltrator
 tells the story about a U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

And here we have the first in a string of films aiming for Oscar’s but not really getting there. The Infiltrator is not a great film by all means but at least it pander’s to it’s audience and fulfils the requirements of it’s genre. It’s entertaining, sure, if not a little long. It’s like as if Hollywood unnecessarily drawing out films that don’t need to be as long as they do. Probably why films in the European market, for example, that are usually are a lot shorter pack more of a punch and are more memorable.

Despite not being the first film, or television show, to cover the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, it begs the question of how well it talks about the topic. It’s definitely the less dramatic sibling and this can probably be stemmed from the apparently less interesting novel it was based upon. One of the main issues of this film, and something else that frustratingly plague’s Hollywood, is the whitewashing of the film and the white guy coming to save the day. This doesn’t mean that Cranston isn’t a great actor, because he definitely is, and it’s definitely worth watching the film just for him but otherwise the film itself falls short.

This isn’t the only thing that feels off – everything about the film feels fake and a little too forced. Benjamin Bratt’s take on Escobar hardly seems accurate and there’s absolutely no doubt that Bryan Cranston’s goodie two shoes will come out on top and do the right thing come the close of the film, adding a predictability to the film Although this is based on a true life story and the audience may already know the outcome, that doesn’t mean that the film could have been portrayed in an interesting and unique way.

If you’re wanting to watch something about the infamous drug lord, watch Netflix’s Narcos.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.