John Wick: Chapter 2 ★★★★

Bigger, bolder, and better than the original John Wick Chapter 2 opens up the franchise in big ways while leveraging its larger budget to stage a series of action sequences in an attempt to do for the gun what Mad Max Fury Road did for the car.

The shootouts are ludicrous and inventive, mixing grand staging and close up violence into a sort of strange bullet ballet. The final setpiece is the real standout, staged in an Argento coloured hall of mirrors, Wick swapping out guns as often as the bad guys drop them.

It also layers on the world building with the Continental Hotel and the High Table, setting in place rules and lore, all before culminating in an undeniable cliffhanger.