Is it just me or are action movies these days incredibly reserved and stiff? I mean, in comparison with how they were 20 years ago. Remember the intense action movies of the 80’s and 90’s such as “Die Hard” or “Speed”? Because I remember those (despite my young age) and they are awesome. They intense, badass and for the most part unrelenting. These days all action movies are PG-13 with shaky-cam and obring premises. Okay, not all modern action movies are awful, the “Bourne” trilogy is fucking awesome, but you get my point. But this is a discussion for another time, today we are getting something else! This time we are taking a look at a modern action movie that has gotten good reviews and it is… actually rated R… holy shit. Let’s review it!
Johns and Janes… “John Wick”.
The plot to this movie is actually really simple to summarize. Russian mobsters take everything from former hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and then John goes out on a revenge spree, taking them out one after one. That’s it really. It is a simple revenge plot with a lot of great sort of world building, establishing this universe and adding a few neat twists and turns. But how does the plot work to keep the movie going? Pretty well actually. It is a simple plot that works because of good execution and good twists. I thouroughly enjoyed the plot of “John Wick”.
The character of John Wick is pretty relatable in comparison to a lot of action heroes. Not only does Keanu Reeves have that feel about him, but he also gets his ass kicked a fair amount. He kicks a ton of ass but also gets his ass kicked… he is kind of like John McClane from “Die Hard” in that sense and I like that. i also have to dare to say that this is probably the best performance I have ever seen from Keanu. He shows a lot of emotions in this movie, not only his regular “stiff but smiling sometimes thing”. He shows a lot of anger and despair throughout the movie and he actually gives a great performance. The otehr characters in the movie were all great as well. Michael Nyqvist plays Russian mobster Viggo Tarasov and he does it splendidly. He adds a lot to the character and he perfectly fit. Alfie Allen plays his son Iosef and he plays a dick. And he is good at playing a dick. That is what he is. All actors gave really good performances and the characters were well-written.
The soundtrack in this movie was awesome. The original score was done by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy) and was really good. The different songs he made fit perfectly the situations and scenes they were used in. There were also a few licensed tracks in there which were… badass to say the least. They were for the most part hard rock and metal tracks (Sidenote: you can imagine how they were used if I called them “badass”). The music in the movie was great.
What’s fun to ntoe about this movie is that it was directed by a pair of veteran stuntmen and that it was their directorial debut. Where am I going with that statement? The movie is really well shot and it looks fantastic! It’s always fun to see when someone is a first time director and actually makes the movie really well-directed. The action in the movie is also really awesome. Remember my rant about modern action I made in the beginning? Yeah this movie is nothing of that. The camera shows the action and it is swift, bloody, brutal and incredibly well done. You notice that Keanu does most if not all of his action scenes and I like that, he knows the audience wants a good time with action movies and he makes sure we know he is engaged in it all. And I swear, this movie has the best nightclub scene since “Collateral” in 2004. Not sure which one I like better… but both are fantastic!
How did this movie do? You read my little thing in the beginning right? This movie did well. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb it has a score of 7,2/10.
“John Wick” is a badass motherfucking action movie with a great performance by Keanu Reeves, a good plot and a kickass soundtrack. It also looks visually great! Time for my final score. *Shoots bad guys* My final score for “John Wick” is a 9,73/10 which as you know gives it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Review of “John Wick” completed.
This feels like a video game… but I don’t mind.