About The Film
Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (uncredited)
Writer: Joel Zadak, Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Defoe
Run Time: 101 minutes
What Other Reviewers Said About It
“An ex-hit man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the assassin genre.”
What I Say About It
Holy tits see this movie; I swear it’s phenomenal.
The writing and pacing are sleek and effective setting up the emotional core of the movie early on with the death of John Wicks wife. Johns’ wife leaves him an adorable beagle puppy as a beacon of hope for him urging him to take care of the dog and stay positive. We also see him early on driving around in his much adored Mustang. So when a group of thugs (lead by a notorious Russian mob bosses son) come and break into his house and beat two shades of shit out of John, before killing his dog and stealing his Mustang we know some for real shit is about to go down. What follows is a classic revenge tale so simple and well executed that it’s impossible not to enjoy.
First of John Wicks set up as a character is phenomenal. Quotes like “John Wick is not exactly the boogeyman, he’s the man you send to kill the fucking boogeyman!”as well as the fear and respect elicited from the film’s most powerful badasses early on set our protagonist up as an ultimate mega hyper uber super assassin.
From here it’s all sleek impeccably choreographed action, including close range gun play, menacing one liners and several over the shoulder judo throws.
The action and violent scenes in this film are placed and positioned in a way that keeps them relevant to the story and made sure I never felt like I was just watching two hours of large hairy men yelling and pointless explosions a la Michael Bay.
The world is populated with colourful and interesting characters who make the story all the more enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the assassin’s hotel manager played by The Wires Lance Reddick who politely asks John “perhaps a dinner reservation sir?” using the phrase to refer to a service that disposes of bodies for assassins.
At the end of it all I was stunned at the quality and entertainment value of the whole affair including a satisfying ending which set us up for a sequel without being too obvious about it all. I can definitely recommend this film to anyone, particularly if you’re into badass simple action revenge flicks done right like back in the good old days.
10 Words Or Less
Simple revenge actioner, sleek pacing, great writing, much badassery.
Earlier I recommended drinking the Millers Humulus with this film. Basically any hardcore double IPA will go nicely e.g. Epic Lupilingous, Millers Humulus, Liberty Citra, Tuatara Double Trouble. You need to be sipping on something that forces you to pay attention to it so that you don’t forget to drink it as you stare agape at the flawless action and insane carnage taking place on screen.