I always like movies that build worlds with rules, in this case the underground society of assassins. I also tend to like movies in which some characters truly enjoy the absurdity of the hero's legend/prowess. However, in the end it reminded me of Sword of Doom. The graphic violence is bracing at first, then numbing, and then trying. It was like drinking a really sugary drink that leaves you with a bit of headache.
1 point for the stylish scenes and visuals, 1 point for the fascinating violence/civilized society, and that’s about it. The plot was terrible, just a revenge boosted action packed blockbuster with a stereotyped russian vilain. At least you get what you came for if you’re in for an authentic action movie.
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.
Talking about technicalities is, at this point, redundant but it is required to mention the fantastic production value because without it the movie's a blank slate. It lacks the ambition to be more than what it is but by all means it doesn't need to be more than a cooked out action and as such, the director used laser focus to make what the film provides the very best it can be. 3 extra stars for incredible CGI trud.
Thoroughly entertaining, but it kind of tapers off near the end into typical action movie territory. The first half is fun, smart, and stylish, but it gets a little old really fast. In the end though, I enjoyed myself and I look forward to the sequel. However, if they kill any more dogs, I'M OUT.
John Wick's 1980's style cheesy comedy in a 1970s-style simplified revenge plot, with its Millenial execution of its video-game-like action scenes, all make it a good time waster. The film is much better in snarky mode than anything, with the flippant responses and one-liners surrounding Wick's occupation. Sadly, the bulk of the action scenes are cookie-cutter and repetitive in their conception and execution.