JOHN WICK (2014) Rated R
Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
5-Second Summary: A legendary hitman comes out of retirement to track down the people who took away everything from him.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Should you see this movie if you think it just seems like every other action movie? Well, if you've seen every other action movie, then what's one more? But yes, you should! It's hard to place exactly what it is that separates it from other movies that have very similar storylines. I think it borrows from several at once: it's not just that he is a straight shot, or that he kills so many people, or that he's seeking revenge, or that he's practically invincible. It's everything. Like any good action movie, we're set up from the start to identify and sympathize with this emotionally injured man and hope that he comes out victorious! I don't think the average viewer is concerned with the murder or the violence. But we don't have to talk about that right now.
Shining Star: Talking about coming out of retirement, sure Keanu Reeves has kept active over the years, but this movie really brought him recognition again. He's never much impressed me--not since The Matrix--but there's something about John Wick. He stays with you.
If you enjoyed Taken, The Equalizer, or The Matrix, check out John Wick!
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