Excerpt: When Reeves, who seems to be challenging Cruise in the ‘what, me 50?’ do-my-own-stunts department, gets back in gear, he’s like a ghost warrior, twirling, rolling, spinning, stabbing, firing on all cylinders so quickly he’s gone before the bodies drop.
Excerpt: The sort of movie that starts in media res with its hero bleeding in the rain, goes into a flashback to show the audience how he got there, then immediately goes into a second flashback in order to get across all the back story that needs to be explained before the story can begin. It’s a pulpy sprint through a world of trained killers, and it’s a lot of fun.
Excerpt: “John Wick” doesn’t have the brains to be a genuine existential film noir, and doesn’t have the heart to do much else. Technically dazzling, emotionally void, “John Wick” is heartless, artless and ultimately an empty-headed glorification of violence with delusions of grandeur.
Excerpt: If you want to make a film with Keanu Reeves out for blood, I am all for it, but please, spend the extra four minutes it takes writing your screenplay to give him more plausible motivation than some goons killing his dead wife’s puppy dog present.
Excerpt: Straightforward, bare-bones stuff as the plot goes, “John Wick” embraces the basic, stalk-and-kill structure of a hit list with a knowing sense of humor, full-tilt pacing, and efficient, no-frills plotting. Quite simply, it’s a badass blast.
Excerpt: The action is clean, elegant and visually arresting in all the best ways, an equally graceful and stylish mix of shootouts, knife fights and hand-to-hand combat that elevates John Wick over many of the revenge actioners that have come and gone without incident or impact over the last few years.
Excerpt:John Wick is the latest in a recent spate of old-men-seek-vengeance vehicles for aging action stars, like the aforementioned Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington movies, or any number of choices Liam Neeson has made since the first Taken. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb, though, to say that John Wick is my favorite of any of these.