Storyline: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. A sequel to the 2014 film John Wick, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane, and marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in the Matrix trilogy. Shortly after the events of John Wick, former assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) tracks down his stolen 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coupe at a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), brother of Viggo and uncle of Iosef. John dispatches Tarasov's men in a violent fight that heavily damages his car. He then spares Tarasov under the auspices of "peace" and returns home. After Aurelio (John Leguizamo) takes John's Mustang for repairs, John is visited by Italian crime lord Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). It is revealed that, years ago, to complete his "impossible task" - allowing him to retire and marry Helen - John asked D'Antonio for help. As a form of contract, D'Antonio swore John to a "Marker", an unbreakable promise symbolized by a "blood oath" medallion. D'Antonio presents the medallion to demand services from John, but John refuses, claiming that he is "retired". In retaliation, D'Antonio destroys John's house with a grenade launcher. Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of the Continental hotel in New York City, 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 ground, and Markers must be honored. John accepts his duty and meets with D'Antonio, who tasks him with assassinating his sister Gianna D'Antonio (Claudia Gerini) so he can claim her seat on the "High Table," a council of high-level crime lords. D'Antonio sends Ares (Ruby Rose), his personal bodyguard, to follow and keep an eye on John. In Rome, John infiltrates Gianna's celebratory party and confronts her. Faced with certain death, Gianna chooses to commit suicide. While retreating, John is ambushed by D'Antonio's men, who intend to tie up "loose ends" by killing him. After killing most of them, John is pursued by Gianna's bodyguard Cassian (Common). Their brutal fight is halted when they crash into the reception area of the Rome Continental. As the two reluctantly share a drink, Cassian vows revenge for Gianna's death. After John returns to New York City, D'Antonio opens a $7 million contract for John's death, leading to multiple attacks on him by other members of the secret society. Cassian confronts John once again at the subway. John wins the ensuing fight, but spares Cassian's life out of professional respect. Injured and desperate, John seeks help from the underground crime lord Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), whose subordinates treat his injuries and guide him to D'Antonio's location. John kills D'Antonio's men, including Ares, but D'Antonio is able to escape to the Continental. D'Antonio makes it clear that he intends to seek indefinite refuge there, and John, despite Winston's warning, shoots and kills D'Antonio. The next day, Winston tells John that, per the High Table, the contract on John has been doubled and offered globally. Thanks to Winston's influence, instead of being executed for killing on Continental ground, John is "excommunicado" and loses all access and privileges to underworld resources. Winston delays announcing John's excommunication by one hour to give him a head start, and provides him with a Marker for future use. Before leaving, John asks Winston to send a message that he will kill anyone who comes after him. John, suspicious of everyone, flees on foot with his dog.