John Wick is the most surprisingly successful action movie released this decade. Until this point, Keanu Reeves was barely finding any success after the Matrix trilogy. I wasn’t paying too much attention to it at the time, but John Wick became the comeback he needed. Hence the line “Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.” Finally shaking off his surfer bro image for a truly menacing character. My only regret is not seeing this gloriously violent R rated action fest in the theater.
John Wick appears to be just an ordinary guy who recently lost his wife. He’s left with nothing but his vintage car and a puppy that his wife gave as a final gift. All that comes crashing down when a group of Russian gangsters, lead by the sniveling son of the boss, steal his car and kill his dog. Giving him the most unique motivation of any action hero. As it turns out, John Wick is really the most deadly former hitman ever to come out of a secret assassin underworld.
They called him “The Baba Yaga.” He digs up all of his old weapons and goes on a killing spree against the ones who did him wrong. John Wick’s long hair, beard, and well-tailored suit made him an instant icon. Despite pushing 50, Keanu Reeves perfects the art of gun fu. In insanely well choreographed easy to see hands-on gun fights. Along with a few one-on-one fights with other contract killers at the Continental Hotel. Having stuntmen Chad Stahelski and David Leitch direct was a stroke of genius. John Wick is modern action cinema at its finest.
Followed by: John Wick: Chapter 2