John Wick Movie Review

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Directors: David Leitch , Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe
 
I think Keanu Reeves may have just out-Liam’d Liam Neeson with JOHN WICK.
 
'John Wick' is the story of an ex hitman who is forced to come out of retirement when some local gangsters take everything from him. Keanu Reeves plays the title character, returning to the action genre in what I lovingly refer to as a 'messed with the wrong man' movie. You know the kind, where someone does something awful to someone, who then turns out to be an invincible killing machine capable of mowing down anything in the way to him getting ultimate revenge. Well, Keanu Reeves plays the machine and lets just say he’s well oiled.
 
Seriously, Keanu kills in this role. Pun fully intended. There are no rules in this world and the movie doesn't necessarily flaunt that fact. For one instance after killing N number of bad guys at his pad, a police officer comes knocking on Mr. Wick's door, sees a dead body in his hallway and asks, "You working again?" and leaves without so much as a warning. Early into the movie you will know for a fact that, once bullets go flying in downtown New York in broad daylight you won't look on saying, "How is this allowed to happen?" Just go with it.
 
Directed by stuntmen, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, John Wick tends to be all about the action, which it more or less delivers. At times the movie feels like there should've been much more to explore and that there must be some sort of John Wick-ipedia where we can find more details on these various characters and settings because the only thing I didn't like about the movie is that it almost felt like the world was so dense that we should already have known a lot of what was going on. I don’t think it ever got to the point where I felt confused or lost, only that it feels in moments that a bit of foreknowledge could have expanded the world even more.
 
With John Wick being the soul point in 'John Wick' (no shit), the other characters didn't have a chance of being in the spotlight despite their decent performace. May it be Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov, head of the New York Crime Syndicate his main antagonist, Alfie Allen as Iosef Tarasov, Viggo's son, Adrianne Palicki as Ms. Perkins or even Willem Dafoe who for once as Marcus is on the 'good' side.
 
 Whether 'John Wick' is worth your time and money depends on whether you enjoy this particular genre of films and whether you enjoy grim/dark movies. Also, if you're the kind of person who cringes as soon as a main character gets a pet because you're bracing for it to be hurt as a plot device, stay far away.
 
Despite the fact that at the end of the day, 'John Wick' is like any other standard revenge-action movie, I give 2.5 shors on 5 for its surprisingly good cinematography, soundtrack, fight choreography and of course Keanu Reeves. Cheers.
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