122 minutes so at least 20 to 30 minutes too long. I didn’t see Chapter 1 and I’m glad I didn’t. This is one of those choreographed ultra-violence movies in the style of John Woo. I tried to keep track of how many people were shot in the head at close range, but lost count. The violence is so ridiculous, so video-game-like, so over-the-top, that it plays like a comedy. Technically brilliant but morally repugnant. If they cut 30 minutes out, and all of the swearing, it wouldn’t be a terrible comedy/thriller. NYC plays a starring role and I dread to think how many tax credits were given out to the filmmakers.
Keanu Reeves is an interesting guy… I think he does a lot of his own stunts and he looks good for an old guy (he’s six years older than me). I read that he gives a cut of his mega-salary to all film crew members, which I thought was pretty wonderful. And he’s a mix, half-Chinese or something, so he’s a looker.
There was too much swearing in the beginning, and a sort of Fast and Furious vibe, but then it switched into James Bond territory (the tailored suits, the weapons porn) … it would appeal to a certain sort of teenage boy and to man-children in general, but no one else.