John Wick is an absolutely entertaining film that puts Keanu Reeves back on the map as an action star. It may be simplistic in the story department, but how things get kickstarted it’s hard to not feel sentimental.
The film is about John Wick, a hitman who has been retired for 5-years because he found that something special in his life. A woman who he gave it all up for to marry. This doesn’t last forever though as the movie opens we see his wife on her deathbed with a terminal disease. As her last gift to her husband he gets a package the night of her burial. Inside this package is a puppy beagle accompanied with her last letter to him. Of course you are probably thinking what pulls him back in and it just so happens to do with this new dog and some stupid Russian mobsters messing with the wrong guy. Setting John on a crazy journey of revenge.
John Wick is the best at what he does. Just uttering his name to anyone who knows him sends a tingling sensation down their spine. I would put him on the same level of badassery as Leon from The Professional. John is a crack shot, never missing with any of his shots he would fire, always hitting some sort of flesh on the intended target.
There was a bit of an exploration into the hitman underworld in John Wick which in itself was pretty interesting. All these hitmen seemed to run within the same circle and there was a known safe haven for them all disguised as a hotel (which it was an actual hotel). Within this hotel there were certain rules that must be abide by. For one you can’t take out a hit on another hitman while they are in that sanctuary which in this movie has a very interesting contrast as one point in the movie a church is shot up and churches are always seen as a safe haven in other films.
For all the pure awesomeness in all the action set pieces in this film one thing I wish they explored a little more was the relationship with the dog. I get his anger over what happened to the dog more stems from it being his last gift from his deceased wife but a slightly bigger build on that relationship would have been nice to see. It would have given the movie that extra bit of something over just being almost all action. This is something I can forgive however as the way they went about it does make sense.
Speaking of the action in this film it was all very believable for the most part. Nothing seemed super human or impossible. When John got hurt in the film those effects lingered with him throughout the entire movie. Sure in some instances it may have seemed he fired way more bullets then he had in his clip but this is something I wasn’t keeping a tally on.
If you are desperate for a good action flick that gets straight to the point and eases up on the brakes only at its conclusion, then John Wick is definitely the movie for you.
Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski
Written by Derek Kolstad
Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick and John Leguizamo
Runtime: 101 min
Release: October 24, 2014