John Wick: Chapter 2 (also known as simply John Wick 2) is a 2017 American neo-noir action-thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is the second installment in the John Wick film series and the sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane. The plot follows hitman John Wick (Reeves), who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on him. Principal photography began on October 26, 2015, in New York City.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 30, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 10, 2017. It was acclaimed by critics, with praise for the action sequences, direction, editing, visual style, and the performances of the cast, particularly Reeves. The film grossed $171.5 million worldwide against its $40 million budget, twice the $86 million gross of the original film.
A sequel titled John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, was released on May 17, 2019.
John Wick recovers his stolen Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Abram Tarasov, brother of the late Viggo.[N 1] John dispatches Tarasov's men in a violent rampage that heavily damages the Mustang but spares Tarasov under the promise of peace and returns home. John is visited by the Camorra crime boss Santino D'Antonio, who reminds him that he was the one who helped John complete his "impossible task", which allowed John to retire and marry Helen. In return, John swore to a "marker," an unbreakable vow symbolized by a "blood oath" medallion. Santino presents the marker to demand services from John who declines. An angered Santino then later destroys John's house. John travels to the Continental Hotel in New York City where Winston reminds John that if he rejects the marker, he will be violating one of the two unbreakable rules of the underworld - no killing on Continental grounds and honoring every marker. John reluctantly accepts his commitment and meets with Santino, who tasks him with assassinating his sister Gianna so he can claim her seat at the "High Table," a council of twelve high-level crime bosses. Santino sends Ares, his mute bodyguard, to observe John's mission.
In Rome, Italy, John infiltrates Gianna's coronation and confronts her in a dressing room. Faced with certain death, Gianna chooses to commit suicide by slitting her wrists. As Gianna dies, John shoots her in the head to fulfill the marker. As John leaves, Gianna's bodyguard, Cassian, recognizes John and upon realizing that he was sent to kill Gianna, attacks him. John escapes to the catacombs where he engages both Ares and Santino's henchmen in a fierce gunfight. After killing nearly all of the henchmen, John is again pursued by Cassian. Their fight leads them into the reception area of the Rome Continental Hotel, which — like the New York Continental — prohibits any "business" on its grounds. As the two share a drink, John explains his reasoning for killing Gianna. Nevertheless, Cassian vows revenge, promising to kill John quickly as a sign of professional respect. John then later returns to New York City.