Keanu Reeves Reprises Role in Splatterfest Sequel Arriving on DVD

 

John Wick: Chapter 2,  DVD Review, Keanu Reeves, Bridget Moynahan, Laurence Fishburne, The MatrixJohn Wick: Chapter 2

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Keanu Reeves Reprises Role in Splatterfest Sequel Arriving on DVD

When we first met John Wick (Keanu Reeves), he went on a bloody killing spree in the wake of losing the love of his life (Bridget Moynahan). And at the end of that revenge-fueled splatterfest we saw the wounded assassin walk off into the sunset with a puppy he just rescued from the dog pound.

  Picking up soon after the events of the original, Chapter 2 opens with Wick retiring after retrieving his stolen Mustang from a Russian gang. But before he has a chance to settle into a rocking chair, he’s recruited by Santonio D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) to perform one last hit.

The ambitious mobster wants his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini) knocked off so that he can assume the reins of the powerful Mafia family left to her by their late father. Wick grudgingly agrees to kill her only because Santonio is holding his marker, a blood oath ironically taken in order to leave behind his grisly line of work.

So, he proceeds to Rome where he tracks down Gianna who quickly commits suicide once she realizes the reason for his visit. Nevertheless, her death doesn’t sit well with her horde of henchman, especially her personal bodyguard, Cassian (Common).

Next thing you know, Wick needs to waste wave after wave of minions while on the run through the catacombs. After a miraculous escape, things are no better back in America where the senseless slaughter simply continues.

That is the sum and substance of John Wick: Chapter 2, an unapologetic indulgence in blood lust. This high-body count affair is right in  Keanu Reeves’ wheelhouse, as he seems to excel when called upon to dispatch dozens, if not hundreds, of adversaries in a variety of creative ways, without ever having to exhibit much of an acting range.

The picture reunites Reeves with Laurence Fishburne, his co-star in The Matrix trilogy. Laurence only enjoys a minor role here, however, in favor of Common, a standout who proves to be the protagonist’s worthy adversary in a protracted hand-to-hand showdown.

A twisted Wick continues to burn bright!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for profanity, brief nudity and pervasive violence

In English, italian, Hebrew and Russian with subtitles

Running time: 122 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment    

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes; Retro Wick; Training John Wick; WICK-fizzed; Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership;As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick; Car Fu Ride-Along; Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene; Wick’s Toolbox; Kill Count;”Dog Wick” short; and an audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

To order a copy of John Wick: Chapter 2 on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: 

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 Source:  Baret News

Reality May Be All Virtual…Sooner Than You Think

 

Reality May Be All Virtual…Sooner Than You Think

by Amy Lignor

 

2016 gave us a lot of memories – both bad and good – that have now become a part of history. From fashion to design to politics (ugh), 2016 was most definitely a year to remember (or forget, depending on how you voted in the election). But there was also another industry where discoveries were made, new products came technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, synthetic food, natural resources, The Matrix, cruelty-free, environmentally friendly foodsto market, and a world that used to only be seen in sci-fi movies actually began to come true. Yes, we are talking about the world of technology and how, if we keep going like we’re going, the concepts of “artificial intelligence” and “virtual reality” will soon become the norm.

Let us begin with the “smart home” that so many people are looking forward to having. From that cellphone that you’re constantly holding in your hand, you will basically be able to control everything that’s happening in your house before you even arrive there. From setting the light fixtures to turning up the heat, turning on the air conditioning, locking or unlocking the garage – smart technology is literally taking over the old homestead. A great deal of work was done in 2016 with the idea of a “smart hub” being at the very core of it all. A myriad of wireless technologies to serve your home were created by Wave, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and many more. Is it a perfect system? Not yet, but more work will be done in 2017 so that a “smart home” will actually be far more intelligent than it is now.

 

Work that still needs to be accomplished comes in the form of “smart home” gadgets that simply won’t work with certain “smart home” platforms. Such as, say you have an Iris by Lowe’s system yet you wish to have Philips Hue lights – these two are not compatible. Worse yet, the numero uno problem is that if your “smart hub” goes down, your entire system goes with it.

 

So for 2017, experts are stating that when it comes to “smart homes,” focus will be placed on Wi-Fi, which is already a tested network. Routers will have more and more bandwidth allowing you to better handle your home and all its’ “smartness.” In addition, companies from A to Z are looking to create their new devices to be compatible with your Wi-Fi to maximize success and eliminate problems.

 

When it comes to A.I., the theory of automation is not a new idea. Take the very well-known hatred that one and all feels when they call a company – any company – for help and end up dealing with an automated customer service system. This year these systems will become far better and easier to use thanks to ‘chatbots’ that will understand your voice that issues you’re having. Automation will be all about learning a person’s individual preferences so that the work these A.I. devices do will be better, faster, and won’t have the caller getting angrier when a voice states: “I’m sorry, that was unclear.”

 

Another technological area that will be seen in headlines more and more often is synthetic foods. I know, sounds as disgusting as it did when seeing “The Matrix” movies for the first time, but we are told that synthetic food looks and smells a whole lot better. It is no doubt, and will not be shocking to read that the world will continue to get more and more overpopulated as time moves forward. Natural resources are already stretched thin which means how and what we digest will have to change. People need to feed themselves and will turn to synthetic foods to do just that.

 

Everything from eggs to ham may end up being grown in laboratories, which will not only save on resources but also provide cruelty-free, environmentally friendly foods – two categories that people are adamant about seeing.

 

Virtual reality grew last year, and more is in store. Navigation, maps and the like, will grow in the world of virtual reality. Not only road maps, but the use of navigation when it comes to finding something in a store. And when it comes to getting the kids outside and away from video games, virtual reality showed with Pokémon Go that success can be attained quite easily by putting the “game” on the “road.” Will there be more? Absolutely.

 

So don’t blink. The great “out there” locations and devices that were once just written about in fantastical books are appearing before our very eyes. Let us just hope that the ‘reality’ that does appear looks more like H.G. Wells and his time machine than something the master, Stephen King, once wrote about.

 

Source:  Baret News