John Wick: after his wife dies thugs steal his car and kill his dog, which forces former assassin and ‘bogeyman’ John Wick to go on a rampage of Archer proportions. No need to worry about the Bechdel Test with this film – as the only two women with dialogue appear as a video recording, and a sassy female hit-woman. No need to worry about the plot either, as it’s based around a hotel where assassins live and party with each other – and gold coins are the preferred payment method. Whilst Keanu isn’t the most watchable of frontmen he handles is action scenes with style, and Nyqvist, McShane, Dafoe fill in any gaps with fun roles. Reminiscent of 90s European / Asian action movies like Taxi, District 13, Hard Boiled etc – this is all about the guns, cars, pounding techo music and hyper styalised violence, of which there is shitloads. The action scenes are second to none: graphic and wild gunplay (most villains get ‘double-tapped’ – chest then head), there’s excellent combat which incorporates wrestling holds and slams, and a couple of nifty car chases. One of the directors is a stunt man, which shows as the action scenes are a cut above your standard affair. John Wick is a rarity these days – a no-brainer, balls out, gritty revenge / action film, that sticks to its R-rating and doesn’t claim – or try – to be anything more. It’s the kind of film that Taken 3 wishes it was.
Absolutely excellent film – making a truly good action film these days seems to be pretty hard as so many film producers and directors tend to go the easy route. John Wick’s done good here, elevating the action film genre.
I loved the 80’s / Foreign vibes that this was giving off. Well choreographed action. Simple revenge story. Anti-hero.
Apparently a sequel’s in the making – I absolutely cannot wait to check it out.
found it entertaining, but with the amount of dead body count building up, Keanu reeves still bring’s back memories of the Matrix movies.
I think it was directed by one of the stuntmen Keanu had in The Matrix. Hence the similarities!! :D
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