My 100 word reviews provide a challenge, condensing my thoughts and feelings into a digestible spoiler free experience. I’d planned on my review of John Wick being once such challenge.
But I can’t do that, as I can’t be as succinct as the main character of what is my favourite action film since 2008’s Taken.
Keanu Reeves manages to make taking down scores of bad guys just the right amount of hard. Perfectly cast as the legendary contract killer John Wick, he’s given ample reason to stylishly work his way through a large amount of bad guys via the medium of bullets to the face. He’s pushing 50 and in fantastic shape, with some of his gun training popping up online, and it’s really entertaining. Shots track the action and don’t cut too quickly. You can see who is doing what and it’s a lot of fun. Each set piece is treated with true respect, both as a craft and a how we’re meant to digest them.
This is an action movie that perfectly encapsulates the old saying ‘show, don’t tell. I can imagine every character continuing on with their lives just off screen, but we’re given everything we need. There’s no rush to build a franchise here, which is probably exactly why it will get one. Taken on it’s own the story could easily be a straight to DVD affair, but everything around it oozes quality. There are some minor quibbles, but John Wick is so entertaining that I easily let them go.
Never was a more deserving bunch of bad guys shot in the face. John Wick is a must-see that contains an applaudable lack of tossing about. I’ve already seen it twice and I will do again.
Here’s the review of the sequel.