When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack a lethal ex-assassin, they unknowingly awaken the boogeyman. John Wick soon embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.
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Essentially a post-'Drive' aesthetic; neon-drenched, detached & sombre; emphasising mood, style, clean lines & clear action. It's a refreshing approach for this kind of DTV material & manages to go some lengths towards elevating a paper-thin plot that offers no credible or satisfying resolution; the whole thing just descending into mindless revenge-porn where the original point of the story gets lost in the carnage.
Yet more evil, dour Russians populate a purgatorial world of betrayal, violence, torture, and worst of all, puppy killing (reincarnation?). Uninspired for the most part, and it has my pet hate of having too many stars in small roles, but I can only like a guy who "goes full Wild Bunch" with people who kill his pooch.
I wonder what the cocaine budget was for this stupid cartoon. Though it is shameful, I must admit that if this movie had been made in Hong Kong w/ Cantonese actors I probably would have been tricked into giving it two stars.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A really slick straightforward action movie that has no illusions about what it is. The convenience & status of Wick's persona (namely the lack of obstacles it afforded) got a little tiresome despite being entertaining but was nothing next to the annoyance I felt over the Tony Scott-like onscreen titles. Anyone bothered by the brief but shocking animal violence should be at peace by the end.
This film achieves Action Movie Nirvana around its midpoint as Keanu Reeves dispatches a series of Russian goons with the cold and calculating efficiency of a slasher killer, all set to an icy synth-pop soundtrack. Unfortunately, we still have some 40 minutes to go from there and "John Wick" never manages to top itself, but the entire production is anchored by one of Reeves' finest performances.
Despite the fact that a good third consists of Keanu shooting people in the face, this is genuinely fun rather than pummeling, dumb but elegantly, thoughtfully so, at times recalling Johnny To. But Keanu shooting people in the face does start to feel a little tired after the nightclub scene.
*deep voice from 80s trailer*:"They stole his car. They killed his dog. His hope is now falling apart...Keanu Reeves is JOHN WICK. He wants blood, he wants revenge. "Everything has a price, bitch". JOHN WICK is back, and he's ANGRY". yeah, good !
Love this movie, love the comedy bits, Keanu Reeves still fucking hot, love all thrills and bloody action scenes, Michael Nyqvist is a very great villain, funny one. John Wick should meet Liam Neeson and kill each other! Taken John Wick.