John Wick ***


“John Wick” follows “The Equalizer” as an old school, R rated action that really delivers. Although not as efficient or emotionally involving as “The Equalizer” it is just as effective in terms of delivering some great slam bang violence and action sequences.

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, a former hit man who has retired. He left the business when he fell in love with his wife who has just passed away from cancer. Before she died she bought a puppy for John to help him grieve. When local gangsters show up to steal his car, they beat him down and kill the dog. This sets Wick off looking for vengeance against this crew and their whole organization.

Wick comes out of retirement and engages in a series of brutal fights and shoot outs as he guns for the mafias top guys who all know and fear him. There isn’t really much more to the story than that.

The director is Chad Stahelski who shoots all of this close up with a lot of style and flair. He doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the violence. I found myself wishing he had directed the most recent “Expendables” movie. He also places the story in a sort of fantasy world where the law doesn’t exist and everyone operates on some very bizarre rules and codes.

This movie kind of came out of no where. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Maybe it could of benefited from a little more story but honestly I’m not really sure where it could of been fit in. Reeves is at his best. In fact this is his best movie in years.


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