“We all know that Mr Reeves is unlikely to be receiving an Oscar anytime soon but he’s certainly back at his best in this very cool action movie.”
John Wick (2015)
by Simon Jago @simonjagouk
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen
Director(s): Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Screenwriter(s): Derek Kolstad
Running Time: 101 mins
Keanu Reeves has been in a lot of mediocre films the last few years and has never really found his stride again after The Matrix trilogy despite the poor sequels. We all know that Mr Reeves is unlikely to be receiving an Oscar anytime soon but he’s certainly back at his best in this very cool action movie.
John Wick played by Keanu Reeves has recently lost his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) to an undisclosed illness. Her dying gift to him was a puppy to keep him company and help him move on with his life. However, after an encounter with some Russian gangsters lead by Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) John Wick finds himself the victim on a house invasion in which his beautiful car is stolen and his puppy murdered. “But they picked the wrong man’s pet to murder and car to rob.” Stop me if you’ve heard this one?
John Wick is a film that’s unashamed to be nothing more than a trashy Hollywood revenge movie. However, despite it’s unbelievably far-fetched and downright stupid plot it has a certain ‘Drive‘ quality to it. It’s very sleek, very cool and just as sexy as the vintage 69 Mustang Keanu drives in the film.
The fight scenes are outstanding with some beautiful choreography reminiscent of funnily enough Neo in the Matrix. The fluidity in which John Wick combines fist fighting with guns is actually hypnotic at times and will have you really excited every time Keanu Reeves is accosted by a Russian. I haven’t enjoyed fight scenes so much since the parkour inspired battles in ‘District 13′.
The acting is solid all round with an enjoyable from Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov the Russian mob boss and even more impressively Alfie Allen as his useless and embarrassment of a son Iosef Tarasov. Keanu Reeves is always quite wooden but in this he’s less of a giant redwood and more a Birch swaying in the John Wick wind.
The film for me had me all the way through until the end where I felt it began to run out of ideas but for the most part I really enjoyed this dyed in the wool Hollywood action flic
John Wick is in no way a masterpiece but it is a cool film that will have you really enjoying the action until about the final third where convention/predictability take over but the worst you’ll feel is ‘Meh’. Well worth a watch if your bored.