Quick Review: John Wick (2015)

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Action-packed doesn’t quite cover it, as a rejuvenated Keanu Reeves blasts his way through bad guys in this super stylish revenge-thriller.

If John Wick teaches us one thing it’s this: don’t mess with a man’s dog, especially if it was a final gift from his recently deceased wife, and if that man is John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a ex-hit man known to his peers as the bogeyman. Unfortunately for one young Russian upstart (Alfie Allen) and his pseudo-mafia pals, this life lesson is learnt the hard way. There is nothing new in this well-worn revenge formula, but where John Wick sets itself apart from the rest is in its sheer stylishness. Every action scene has been intricately planned and as such the film is as polished as the slick-haired and sharp-suited John Wick himself. As endless Russian bad guys are blown away, the relentless action is choreographed in such an elegant and creative way that at no point does the violence seem gratuitous. In this respect, it bears a resemblance to the graceful action in Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, and that’s no bad comparison.

 ★★★★☆      IMDb: 7.2      Rotten Tomatoes: 83% 

John Wick is out in UK Cinemas on April 10th. Watch the trailer here.

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