If somebody killed my dog, I’d probably do the same as John Wick does in this movie

Featuring

Keanu Reeves as John Wick
Bridget Moynahan as Helen Wick
Willem Dafoe as Marcus
Adriane Palicki as Perkins
Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov
with Alfie Allen as Iosef Tarasov
and Ian McShane as Winston

Keanu Reeves has a great presence in action movies, but sometimes, his movies can be a bit hit-and-miss. Exhibit A, 47 Ronin was a miss so wide that they’re still trying to find the ball. However, Keanu is back, this time with a much better action movie, which is reminiscent of the heady days of The Matrix and makes you wish all action movies were this stylish.

John Wick has just lost his wife to a terminal and chronic illness. He’s trying to move on, but the pain just won’t go away. However, his wife, cogniscent of her impending fate, buys him a puppy as part of her will, which brings John a lot of joy.

One day, he’s filling up his car at a petrol station, when a couple of Russian mobsters ask whether his car is for sale. Refusing to let go of the Mustang, the mobsters decide to steal it instead (and, in bad form, kill the puppy). John decides there and then to return to his old life, that of being a hitman, to take revenge for his puppy and get his car back.

I won’t begin to describe the storyline as anything special. Indeed, the outcome is entirely predictable at the outset. Hitman, revenge, action, happy ending, is pretty much the standard fare in this sort of thing. But it’s just done so well, that you forget about plot holes and physics, and instead focus on the action.

John Wick is not the kind of movie to take children to. It’s very, very violent, with John Wick killing nigh on 100 people in the movie, mostly through very methodical ways. He is, after all, a trained hitman. There are pauses in the action, most of which are pretty funny, the encounter with John’s local Sheriff is a highlight. The pauses do help the audience relax between set pieces and injects some much needed humour into what is quite a serious movie.

John Wick is the sort of movie that Keanu Reeves is good in, stylish, action oriented, and has a troubled hero. Parts of the movie will remind you of The Matrix and others will remind you of Christian Bale’s excellent Equilibrium. Either way, you’ll enjoy it, because it’s a return to form for Reeves and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Check out the trailer

Rating

A surprisingly good action movie that is well made with a great cast.

Watch this if you…

Loved the action The Matrix and wish there was something similar without all the thinking.

Don’t watch this if you…

Have a beagle and can’t stand animals being hurt. That is a warning to animal lovers out there (including me). That poor dog…

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