Propelled by great trailers, strong buzz, and a supremely rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Get Out easily took the number one spot at the box office this weekend, dethroning The LEGO Batman Movie. Will the positive reaction to Get Out help it overcome the second week slump that so many horror movies suffer? We’re in uncharted waters here — critics and audiences rarely like a genre movie this much.
After of a month of the weekend box office being dominated by Split, the arrival of three new major releases has finally given the top 10 a thorough shake-up. As expected, The LEGO Batman Movie led the pack, with Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter 2 following. And while each film opened strong, only two of them feel like unqualified successes.
You know him as Neo from The Matrix and as Ted from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But did you know Keanu Reeves has a strange habit of playing guys named John? He was Johnny Utah in the original Point Break, Johnny Mnemonic in, uh, Johnny Mnemonic, and John Wick in John Wick and the new John Wick: Chapter 2. And there are lots more examples. The dude likes playing Johns. As Keanu himself might say: Whoa. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
In 2014, a pair of veteran stunt coordinators introduced the world to John Wick, a former assassin who rages out of retirement to seek revenge on the man who killed his puppy and stole his car. With action as sharp and seemingly seamless as the impeccable suits worn by its eponymous protagonist, John Wick reinvigorated a genre bloated with CGI and dominated by implausibly acrobatic vehicles. In 2017, Keanu Reeves is back with John Wick: Chapter 2, a righteous follow-up that’s bigger and maybe not better, but just as good as its predecessor.
When actors move behind the camera, they bring a new perspective to the directing process, one that’s often more character-driven; more verbose than visual. In 2014, we experienced what happens when a stunt coordinator moves behind the camera, and the result was a glorious action film as sharp as its titular protagonist. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch pumped decades of stunt experience into John Wick, which cast the immortal Keanu Reeves as a would-be retired assassin out for revenge. Two years later, Stahelski took on the second chapter of John Wick’s journey on his own, delivering a fitting follow-up that’s just as lit as its predecessor.
There are a lot of things to love about what is now the John Wick series — the fighting choreography, the colors, the cast, the story — but the movies also have some very cool posters. While most action movie posters all look like a Star Wars DVD cover these days, John Wick: Chapter 2 has rolled out a few very neat, minimalist images to advertise their film.
There are action movies, and there are action movies. And then there are movies that take car chase setpieces and fighting choreography to an entirely new level, creating wild, incredible scenarios that are even more astounding for their realism. That’s John Wick, and in a new featurette, Keanu Reeves explains how he and his stunt coordinators created their special brand of “gun-fu” for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2.
Okay, so the only real action in this clip is Keanu Reeves walking down a hallway, but it has a new dog in it so it’s still plenty exciting. The latest clip from John Wick: Chapter 2 shows us all that John Wick is back (yes, we get it!!) and he needs to at least change his shirt.
He’s back, and he’s brought some friends along with him. Or, more likely, enemies, because he’s John Wick. Feast your eyes on a bunch of new images from the upcoming John Wick Chapter 2, featuring new characters played by the likes of Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Common, and more. Even the stills look fantastic; there’s a reason this movie made our Most Anticipated Movies of 2017 list.