John Wick: Chapter 2 opens with an action sequence that puts most other action films to shame, and that’s before the opening credits have even rolled. It’s a quick way to put to shame other action films that can’t even produce one interesting sequence in their entire runtime.
Picking up not long after the first film ended, Wick (Keanu Reeves) has just finished wrapping up the final loose end on his revenge tale. He’s back at home, he has a new dog, and he’s ready to retire this life once and for all– again. However, a knock on the door and a visit from an old friend, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), soon brings things crashing back down around John. Santino requests John honour a blood oath of sorts. Santino has a medallion that, within the secret order of hit-people in this world, means John must honour Santino’s one request to be clear of debt. John though, foolishly declines the request, pushing Santino to force John to do what he wants and once again dragging John back into the world he’s been trying to escape from. He’s guessing he’s back.
John turning down Santino is one of the stupidest writing decisions in Chapter 2. Sure, it’s an excuse for John to once again be forced back into action, but it makes John look stupid. Especially when he looks generally surprised with what Santino does to make him do what he wants. It makes John look stupid, but John isn’t stupid, and this is just a stupid plot decision to move John forward and into a high-octane adventure with a high body count to Rome and back.