Movie director Chad Stahelski and actor Keanu Reeves brings us the action film ‘John Wick,’ written by Derek Kolstad and released through Summit Entertainment in 2014.
Retired hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is grieving from the loss of his wife (Bridget Moynahan), who left him a beagle puppy named Daisy after she died to care for him. When punk Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) asks for his car, Wick declines, only to be attacked by Iosef, who kills Daisy. Tracking the Russians, Wick traces his mustang to car jacket Aurelio (John Leguizamo), who tells Wick who stole his car. Iosef’s father Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) is the head of the Russian mafia in New York and becomes enraged upon learning of his son’s transgression. Though he tries to make peace with Wick, the hitman is determined to take revenge, taking a room at the Continental Hotel, owned by gangster Winston (Ian McShane). Soon, Wick is battling other contract killers including Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki). He is also being tracked by his friend Marcus (Willem Dafoe), an “old guard” assassin.
What can I say about this movie that has not been said before? It was epic, especially from a technical perspective. Not only is it a good ol’ fashioned action-thriller, but it also has some very clean cut fighting sequences and shootouts that keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The attention to detail from Jonathan Sela’s cinematography to the musical score by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard is spot on. I also want to shout out Jonathan Eusebio, the fight coordinator. That was some pretty awesome choreography on the fight scenes.
Of course, nothing compares to the acting. Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game and it truly shows. His interaction with the antagonists, his inner monologues, and the truly heartfelt scenes when he is mourning are all spot on. Also, that classic ’69 Mustang is a nice ride.
Now, if you are looking for a lot of introspective depth, this is not the movie for you. Obviously, it is not simply one action sequence after the next, clearly, the character’s have layers with its neo-noir atmosphere, but it is not a thinker where you might miss something if your dog parks at a neighbor walking by your house. That being said, the quest of a man wanting revenge for having something he loves stolen for him is something I’m sure we can relate to.
Bottom line, John Wick is an excellent action flick where Keanu Reeves serves up some moves and some memorable lines. The action sequences are sublime and you will enjoy every minute of it.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Extreme violence, Bloody scenes, Animal cruelty
FAVORITE QUOTE: I lost everything. Until that dog arrived on my doorstep… A final gift from my wife… In that moment, I received some semblance of hope… an opportunity to grieve unalone… And your son… took that from me. Stole that from me… Killed that from me! People keep asking if I’m back and I haven’t really had an answer. But now, yeah, I’m thinkin’ I’m back. So you can either hand over your son or you can die screaming alongside him!
Check out the trailer below:
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This article has been updated from a previous version.