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Rinzy Reviews: John Wick: Chapter 2

Remember how I ended the review for John Wick and said he rode into the sunset? Well, the second installment in this franchise proved me wrong. The first part was such a success that a sequel has been released, and another on the way.

The second installment (rightly titled, Chapter 2) adds more flesh to the mythology of John Wick

John thought he was free to go back to his hiding spot, but he thought wrong. Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio, comes to him demanded the payment of a Marker owed him. It’s revealed that when John set out to retire and marry Helen, Santino’s help made the impossible task possible after John swore to a Marker. A Marker is an oath tied by blood to a medallion. John refused, claiming he was out. Hurt, Santino responded by blowing up John’s house.

 

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Common as Cassien

John goes to visit Winston at the Continental Ground in New York for advice. Winston says something very important. He claimed there are two unbreakable laws:

  • No killing on continental grounds
  • All markers must be honoured

He adviced John honours the Marker and execute whatever revenge fantasy he has for Santino later. John agrees.

D’Antonio’s request’s for John to kill his sister, Gianna D’Antonio so that he can claim her seat at the High Table, a council of high level crime lords. By the time John meets up with Gianna in Rome it is revealed they’re acquaintances. He let’s her take her life before putting a bullet in her head. He incurs the wrath of Gianna’s bodyguard, Cassian, who pursues him to up lengths until they crash into another Continental Ground. Santino betrayed John by sending his goons on him once the Marker was completed. Worse was the bounty of $7m put on John’s head by Santino under the guide of avenging his sister. All the assassins that came for him including Cassien are unsuccessful.

John makes an alliance with the Bowery King, which gives us a reunion between Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fisburn (Matrix duo).

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Lawrence Fishborne as The Bowrey King

Santino evades John long enough to seek shelter at Winston’s Continental Ground. Santino taunts John with a possible fact that he could stay at the hotel for as long as their indefinite menu runs. John shoots him point blank and drops his gun on the table, replying Winston’s question with, “I’m done.”

For breaking one of the unbreakable rules, Winston punishes John (painfully) by excommunucating him. For old time sake, he gives him an hour headstart before signalling every assassin of the underworld to go after him. John responds, “I’ll kill them all.”

Rinzy Reviews: John Wick

Movie producers realize when they have a hit at hand, and most times they don’t know. John Wick is one of those times they didn’t. A sleeper hit in its own right… John has done well for himself. Starring many power houses in its cast such as lead, Keanu Reeves, and veteran, Ian McShane helped the execution of this usual story in an unusual way. Yes, I said usual story; a man going to great lengths to avenge a wrong done against him is something we see almost everyday, but if the reason for his anger is the death of a dog and robbery of his car then something is off. In the course of his mission, John does kill lots of people, this is worrisome looking at it with the eyes of realism, but in terms of action, it does make an entertaining watch.

OK! Let’s get started. Who is John Wick?

John Wick is introduced to us as a retired member of an Order of Assassins who follow specific set of rules, two of which are:

  • An eye for an eye
  • No killing on the premises of various hotels around the world regarded as continental grounds.

The first of this rule drives the story-line of this movie. John’s late wife set him a posthumous gift, a puppy. The stupid son of a Russian gangster breaks into John’s home, kills his puppy, and robs his car because John refused earlier in the day to sell it to him when they met at a fuel-station.

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Ian McShane as Mr. Winston

John, feeling he has been robbed of the last part of his wife goes after Losef Tarasov (the son of the Russian boss). John meets up with Viggo Tarasov (the Russian boss) and states the first rule to him. Obviously, this confrontation doesn’t go well and as expected lots of shoot-outs up until Viggo has no choice but to choose between himself and his son. I don’t know if it’s to show he understand the laws or just cowardice to stand up for his son, I had a problem with it.

John succeeded in killing Josef, which naturally further angered Viggo who in retaliation killed Marcus (another Assasin who betrayed him to help John. Played by William Dafoe). Marcus’ death angered John who was on his way out of the city to return for Viggo.

At this point I must introduce McShane’s character, Winston. Winston acts a mentor to John, and runs one of the Continental Grounds. As a father figure, Winston helps keep John in check as well as offer small tips to stay in the loophole of the laws of their profession. One of the ways was killing a female assassin who worked with Viggo for breaking rule number 2. He also gave John hints on where to find an escaping Viggo. John found and killed Viggo.
At the end of the movie, John got another dog and rode off into the sunset to continue with his retirement having avenged his late wife’s memory.

John Wick is a very interesting movie, one deserving of the accolades it’s got.

Watch out for RR’s review of John Wick 2 tomorrow.

Rinzy Reviews: The Boss Baby

Release Date: March 31, 2017.

Production company: Dream-Works Animation

Duration:97 mins

Budget: $125m

Box-Office: $486.8m

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi,  Tobey McGuire, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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Few babies can lay claim to what the titular star of this movie has done.

I dont know how right i am valling The Boss Baby an original idea. Based on a 2010 book of the same name, this movie achieves what it sets out to, i.e. to entertain.

The movie follows the plot of a baby who’s a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies.

A certain manufacturer of a fast selling puppy brand hope to make the perfect puppy that people give up in having babies for them. Talking about having babies, this movie makes us understand according to its Genesis 1:1 that, babies come from the sky, more appropriately, a place called Baby Corp. The main competition for this place that mirrors Heaven, is the earthly base of operation for Puppy co. The powers that be at Baby Corp send, The Boss Baby to investigate if Puppy co now has the secret to completing its task, but it actually is his visit that grants them the number one thing they want.

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The Boss Baby and his older brother, Alex.

All the twists and turns brings The Boss Baby and his big brother closer, so much that by the time the adventure ended,The Boss Baby was so unfulfilled that he gave up his life of management upstairs for a life with Alex, his brother on earth. Hope you now get my initial joke about heaven and earth?

The Boss Baby was an interesting watch. You should get good number of laughs warching this.

Movie Trailer: Flatliners

As a big fan of Nina Dobrev from her work on The Vampire Diaries, I was so excited to see a trailer on YouTube bearing her name. Flatliners is a must watch for me, and I think you’ll love it too. Asides the excitement of having Nina on it, it bears credence to two genres I truly love: SciFi and Horror. Keep a date with it, September 2017.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Movie Trailer – Seven Sisters

Have you been following the BBC One series – Orphan Black? If yes, you’d very much love the idea of this new series. Seven sisters is set in what I can rightly call the future where the government have imposed a strict one child policy to help curb overpopulation among other inevitable disasters to still befall man. Naomi Rapace plays identical sisters – seven in number. Willam Dafoe plays their father who decided to keep his precious gifts a secret. He is successful until one day a grown up, Monday (the first of the girls) goes out and doesn’t return. The movie is sure to be explosive (no pun intended), the amount of explosions visible in the trailer seemed pretty much. Action is guaranteed. Seven sister all the day!

No released date has been announced yet. RR will keep you posted.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Movie Trailer – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This teaser trailer is early, for a movie due in December. It does its job of raising interests and talks for the release.

Almost every major player makes an appearance. Kylo Ren is as terrifying as ever. The late Carrie Fisher’s back makes an appearance as her iconic General Leia.

Everything’s looking good, or should I say action-packed and intense.

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Which Is Your Best Xmen Line-up?

In the year 2000, Xmen was released and it relaunched the way way we see Superhero movies even till this day. After the third installment in 2006, 20th Century Fox felt unimpressed with the reception of their latest movie an opted for a new direction. The planned Xmen: Origin stories failed on arrival, and this prompted the need for a reboot – a soft reboot – of some sort. This was the birth story of the Xmen: First Class movie.

The question is – Which do you prefer, the original line up, or the younger versions of their characters?

Characters like Wolverine, who’s been the leading man of the franchise up till Logan’s release earlier this month have been consistent over all movies in the franchise, hence, can not be stated as a reason for selection.

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Original Cast

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New Cast