John Wick (2014)
Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
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First off, I have a big crush on Keanu. That being said, I totally enjoyed how focused he is in this film. Hey, love Marilyn Manson and his song in this film. Big budget. Lots of killing. But john wick gets his guy. Lots of feelings of pain. Great stuff. I need to watch all his films again.
John Wick is a revenge drama which offers little along the lines of a story and and an excess of action. The story which starts off as interesting loses your attention almost as instantly. A retired hitman (or so they call him) single-handedly outmanoeuvres a flock of gangsters, including their boss.Performances: Keanu Reeves as the titular character carries the burden of almost everything that happens in the rather short run of 101 minutes of the movie. Alfie Allen (hey there, Reek!), Adrianne Palicki and Ian McShane are decent in portraying their characters. Michael Nyqvist shines as the baddie boss.Overall verdict: John Wick is another one of those stereotypical action movies, the only difference being that there is way too much action and gravity-defying stunts stuffed into it. While a section of the audience might enjoy this action-packed flick, I'd rather like to watch a movie that is equal on both fronts-the story and the action.
It's not so much I hate action movies, but the action movies of this decade all seemed pretty holier-than-thou, where both the protagonist and antagonist are absolutely horrible people/institutions, but the protagonist tries to act like they're so much better than the antagonist, and poor them because the antagonist tried to get revenge on them for something started by the protagonist, and results in my being bored to tears.This one is how action movies used to be before they went to shit in 2003/2004 time.It's your typical someone getting revenge on someone action movie. It doesn't make John Wick to be some holier-than-thou, morally superior character. He's knock for being a hitman so good he once killed 3 men in a bar with a pen, and someone you need to fear. So when Iosef steals his car and kills his doll, his dad is freaking out, "DO YOU KNOW WHOSE CAR YOU STOLE AND WHOSE DOG YOU KILLED?" knowing that for sure John Wick is going to come kill Iosef out of revenge. And like any half-decent father, he wants to protect his son, so offers a high prize to other hitmen to kill John Wick before he kills Iosef. And then the hour of gunshots go off.I was going to rate this movie a 7, because if I were to gauge my entertainment on a scale of 1-10 it would've been a 7. But I raised it to an 8, because this is one 5 action movies from this decade that didn't bore me to tears, and 3 of the other 4 that didn't bore me to tears were from "foreign" films.