Any film that begins with the death of a spouse and a dog is not my idea of good entertainment. Keanu Reeves is back with the new action-thriller, John Wick. He doesn’t speak much in the movie and it’s the type of artfully quiet performance that Stallone and Arnold would be proud of. If you are not going to have much dialogue as a character, when you do speak, it’s got to be impactful. John Wick is the guy you don’t want to mess with…ever. By mistake, not knowing who he was, a gang of young Russian mobsters really make him angry. From this point on we move into a video-game-land style of action with our hero exhibiting superhero powers as John Wick exacts his revenge on an entire army of bad guys. Overall I liked the experience of the movie. It reminded me of many revenge tough-guy themed films throughout the years. You know the deal; beat a person down, take away everything from them, the audience feels the pain, and then over a series of dramatic and exciting events we finally have revenge and the universe is all right again. That happens In John Wick and not much else, so it’s not giving away anything to share this information with you. That is the movie. Ex-Hitman in retirement loses his wife. Gets a dog from his deceased wife in the mail. Bad guys steal his car and kill his dog. He is upset. Revenge. What is good about this one way ride is that Keanu as John Wick is stylishly cool and very much a complete killing machine. He’s a combination of Bruce Lee, James Bond, Neo(The Matrix), and Mel Gibson in any of the Lethal Weapon movies. It’s a pleasure to watch him destroy the enemy with precision and maliciousness, especially after they killed his cute puppy. That is the worst part of the movie, no puppy should ever be killed in a film, and if that does happen, please have John Wick go after them!
The style and imagery of the world surrounding the story are interesting and this certainly enhances the overall experience. There are gold coins, a secret hotel for criminals and other odd imagery. This portion of the movie leads me to believe they are hoping to create a franchise with John Wick. If this does well at the box office, I would expect to see another film that delves deeper into the crime syndicate playground that Wick visits in this story. If you are not into one dimensional, violent, action films then this is not the ride for you. If you are a fan of Keanu Reeves and like movies in this genre, this will make for an enjoyable time at the movies.
Bottom Line: Kick out the jams with a very angry Keanu Reeves who is out for blood..and maybe a new puppy.
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War movies tend to be focused on certain characters and their particular experiences. There have been many different styles and stories over the years about soldiers at war. In Fury, we follow a US Army Staff Sergeant known as “Wardaddy.” He is played with gritty eloquence by superstar Brad Pitt. This film is all about tanks and the men that use them during battle. Fury certainly takes a different approach for a war film and that’s one of the things I really liked about it. Read the rest of this entry »
You will not find me playing with a OUIJA board anytime soon. I will screen the film, but I’m very frightened by these things. Long story involving my Aunt Marian that I will share with you sometime. For now, I have your tickets to the Indy advance screening of OUIJA. The film is set to hit theaters on Friday, October 24.