You know what you are getting with a Maniac edition, narrative and exposition cut down to the bare essentials and wall to wall action sequences. The John Wick movies fit this template well. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hadn't seen the orginal movies as a first time watch but for those of us who just want to watch all those blistering action sequences again with minmal expostion this fits the bill perfectly. I was really surprised how little seemed missing from the second movie considering about 40% of the movie is cut. I agree with Vultural that this feels like two 60min episodes rather than a typical three act film but its a square peg/round hole scenario so thats not particularly a criticism of the edit.
Only noticed one slightly abrupt cut when it cuts to the church about 34mins in, worth a mention as I expect to see an extended 3hr version of this cut when John Wick 3 lands next year. Always cool to see that classic John Carpenter font used for the title too. For action afficiandos wanting a no holds barred action fix this edit is a must see Recommended!
Two John Wick vehicles, no canines, no love interest.
Don’t mess with Wick’s car. Period. Know that. Also know he honors his obligations,
As with most of Maniac’s edits, this is pedal to the floor most of the time.
Video - 1280 X 720p. Great looking film. Editing solid throughout. For a couple scenes, I zoomed in and the visuals remained pretty sharp. Neither night sequences nor catacomb melee suffer. Pièce de résistance remains the exhibition showstopper, however, and this edit bears that out.
Audio - 128 kbps, 2 Channel AC3 stereo. A few subs. Sign language, employed in the latter story, is subbed.
What dialogue there is, and this is not a particularly chatty flick, is clear and understandable throughout. OK dynamic range. Listened initially with headphones, switched to main speakers without disturbing others around me.
Narrative - The two films do not join together well. More like two, high voltage television episodes paired back to back. Moreover, by trimming all traces of Wick’s “personal life,” this roars like a shooter game, with infrequent lulls to realign the plot and allow viewers to gasp for air.
Enjoyment - Go into this expecting an action game blazer and you will not be disappointed.
There is no character development, and the backstory is limited. Wick is barely more than a pair of hands, holding guns or clenched into fists. Galvanizing action - glass of Scotch - seek and destroy. Repeat.
I never gave two hoots about the original canines, and Maniac always warned others of those cuts.
For what it is, an efficient distillation of the two Wick films, this is a relentless edit.