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John Wick (2014)

We are professional killers—civilized!” cried a crime-lord.

Do I look civilized?” John Wick answered.

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John Wick‘s plot is, basically, as simple as this: a hitman, John Wick indeed, retired from his business to marry a woman. Five years later, his wife died. A bunch of punk steals his vintage ’69 Mustang and kills his dog in ‘not-so-right’ time. Infuriated, John seeks for vengeance. He immediately learns that the punk is the son of a crime-lord he used to work with; and… there will be blood.

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Keanu Reeves marks his audacious come-back to a real one-man action movie (after Speed—around 20 years ago; and The Matrix—over a decade ago) with an intense performance and, surprisingly, a brutal B-movie joyride. John Wick highlights a feast of festive close quarters combat—with series of well-choreographed vast fight scenes, top-notch “gun fu” bravura, along with suspenseful soundtracks. Reeves’ former stunt-double for The Matrix, Chad Stahelski, directs this movie with a very dynamic/kinetic/jaw-breaking choreography that rushes through your veins along with shots of adrenaline. There’s no brain involved to nourish the plot (except those scattered brain resulted from head-shots); and there’s no morality involved to go deeper in characterizations; all we know is kill and John Wick is a slave of over-kill.

Despite the slim plot (that somehow reminds me to The Raid: Redemption on its first viewing) that, somehow, makes a little sense along with some genre-cliche, John Wick presents a roller-coaster ride with tight pacing and effective editing. In such a simple plot, the antagonists fueled by Game of Thrones crime-lords (Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen) are not as threatening as John Wick; yet, brief-but-substantial performance from Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, and David Patrick Kelly with his “food delivery” squad is just enough to mend the flaw.

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With lots of inside jokes and unveiled secrets from John Wick’s dark past, I think a further development on his story—to make a new franchise—is more than just possible. As long as John Wick has the guts, I believe he knows how to entertain action aficionados; and as long as you love Rambo-esque action flicks, you’ll get thrilled by John Wick.

John Wick (2014)

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Action, Thriller Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski Written by: Derek Kolstad Starred by: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, David Patrick Kelly Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use

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3 thoughts on “John Wick (2014)”

  1. I’m actually kinda interested to see that because it’s shocking how high the score for Keanu Reeves action flick is – both on imdb and RT. But the dog dies in it, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle that.

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