Movie Review: John Wick (2014)

Details: Action movie starring Keanu Reeves. Run time is about an hour and forty minutes.

I originally watched this movie for one reason: Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 83% approval rating and, based on the trailer, there is no way this movie deserved this score. I mean, one of the reviews said it was Keanu Reeves’ best film since the Matrix. Although, when I think about it, that isn’t saying all that much.

Welp, after watching the movie I can confirm that John Wick is indeed a great movie and a fun ride (caution: this may be solely because of my low expectations for the film).

This film is ridiculous. The premise is this: John Wick, former hitman, has his car stolen and puppy killed, and then goes on a killing spree for revenge. That’s it. And it is glorious.

From the first action scene, the audience knows to strap in and prepare for a crazy ride. There are few films that can make an audience gasp out loud and this film certainly succeeds in that regard. The action is well choreographed and induces many gasps and laughs as well. It’s a fun, action-filled movie.

Score: 7.6/10

 

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

I do want to draw attention to one scene. Many films (The Protector, starring Tony Jaa, comes to mind) have a precise moment that sets the tone, that alerts the audience about the crazy that’s about to follow. This film is one of them and the scene that does it is John Leguizamo’s scene when he makes that phone call to let the mob boss know that someone killed John Wick’s dog and stole his car. That scene was hilarious.

END SPOILERS

 

 

8/10 Can’t wait for the Blueray and I sincerely hope for a sequel.

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