John Wick tells the story of an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. John Wick is finally another film that Keanu Reeves can be proud of after a string of misfires including 47 Ronin and The Lake House as well as being vacant during the years in between.The Matrix star has had it rough since the release of the popular trilogy, struggling to find another film to put him back on the scene.
And it looks like the filmmakers finally realised that the audience was looking for something that provide action but without the excessive wire work and special effects that’s often pumped with needless or predictable backstory that adds absolutely nothing like the beautiful girlfriend or wife figure whose against the hero putting himself in constant danger or the troubled teenage daughter or son. None of this is in John Wick.
What John Wick offers is pure entertainment. It hardly has a story and consists of a long action scene with some dialogue and close ups added. It looked convincing and wasn’t trying to be something it wasn’t. The filmmakers gave us a satisfying beginning and ending without anything more.
Reeves’ unemotional blank stare finally found it’s place in this film and he left the acting for his co-stars with nice bit parts for Willem Dafoe and John Leguizamo as well as a villain role for Swede Michael Nyqvist of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo fame.
John Wick is a film for those who are tired of seeing another action and CGI heavy film by the likes of The Expendables or Taken.