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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Pure entertainment. It has it all. The characters and the intricate plot, the pacing that leaves you begging from anticipation and excitement, the motives and conflict resolutions, no loose threads or disappointments. All the build-ups that keep you high on expectation, they never let you down. Keanu has the most stylish and badass way of fighting I've ever seen. His whole body does the acting. No words needed.
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.
Remembers the cardinal rule of action movies that so many modern ones seem to forget: give us Who and Why, then get the fuck out of the way. Good choreography, simple and concise storytelling and smart worldbuilding make this one a winner. Highly recommended to even cursory action enthusiasts.
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.
A charismatic and surprisingly emotive Reeves tears up the screen in this moody, morbidly funny, impeccably shot and beautifully choreographed actioner. Totally intoxicating, and, quite frankly, totally fucking awesome.
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.