John Wick (2014)
Critic Consensus: Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.
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as Viggo Tarasov
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Critic Reviews for John Wick
It's not perfect. But it is special, especially for a mid-budget Hollywood action drama, and it has stuck firmly in my mind since that late-night screening last Friday.
Stahelski and Leitch, both former stunt men, unsurprisingly tackle action sequences with glee... but the quieter scenes are more sophisticated, incorporating a sense of fantasy and visual splendor that almost makes the wafer-thin plot feel fresh.
Yet, for all the film's stylishness and a body count worthy of a small civil war, there's no getting around the fact that stiff, stoic Reeves -- who is capable of a few funny, deadpan lines -- isn't a particularly compelling lead action figure.
Action movies are about movement, and John Wick pursues that goal with remorseless verve.
Audience Reviews for John Wick
Great revenge thriller that grabs you right by the collar after a few minutes and doesn't let go for the next action-packed 90 minutes. The violence is pretty graphic but very stylishly filmed, Reeves minimalist acting fits perfectly here, although he does show he's capable of much more in a couple of scenes. It's refreshing that amidst all the violence, the film does not take itself too seriously, introducing cool minor characters and despicable villains and just keeps delivering the action goods, driven by a fitting soundtrack. A highlight of the genre of recent years.
"He seemed like a normal guy living a normal life ... until they (insert bad guys doing some bad guys' stuff here). That's when they found out he was really a James Bond secret agent type before and now you've pissed him off. And now its time for payback." There's a couple of films with this premise floating around every year or so it seems, so it must be making them money. One good guys against an army of bad guys. The hero hasn't got a chance, except that he's a lethal killing machine, and that all the bad guys were trained to shoot by the same sergeant who trained the Star Wars stormtroopers. That being said, this edition is not bad.
Had heard good things, and I was not disappointed. Stylish and great action!
John Wick Quotes
|Viggo Tarasov:||What happened John?... we were professionals... civilised!|
|Viggo Tarasov:||What happened John? We were professionals... civilized!|
|John Wick:||Do I look civilised to you?|
|John Wick:||It's personal.|
|Viggo Tarasov:||John was once an associate of ours. They call him Baba Yaga.|
|Iosef Tarasov:||The boogeyman?|
|Viggo Tarasov:||Well, John wasn't exactly the boogeyman. He was the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman!|
|Avi:||Should I go?|
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