Keanu Reeves Brings the Pain in John Wick
The Killer. Hardboiled. These titles might not ring a bell with the average American audience but for those fans into action gunplay movies, John Wick will bring a smile. It’s obvious directing team (and former stuntmen) David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were paying homage the John Woo classics and that isn’t a bad thing. John Wick played by Keanu Reeves is a quiet man grieving the loss of his wife after her battle with cancer. Her last parting gift, a puppy, so he could remember her by. The two quickly bond and Wick can finally move forward with his life or can he? A chance encounter with a mafia boss’ son (Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones fame) sets Wick off on a dark path from the past which he was trying to bury. Who is John Wick? With reactions from a chop shop owner (John Leguizamo) and a Russian Mafia boss played by Michael Nyquist, apparently the person that even the Boogeyman should fear.
Much like the John Woo movies there is no CGI or gimmicky slow motion, and the action is paced just right as to not fatigue you. The choreography of the gunplay is laid out very well (there are several reload scenes for those that count rounds) and the cinematography makes John Wick stand above other films in its genre. It is a beautiful movie to watch despite the gritty content. Keanu Reeves does a very good job handling the character’s silent rage and the supporting cast gives the right reactions for every scene to the point you’ll get a smirk on your face. John Wick delivers what it promises and I can’t wait to see what David Leitch and Chad Stahelski have up their sleeves in the future.
Random Movie Trivia: Stahelsky was Reeves stunt double for Point Break and The Matrix.