BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: John Wick Reviews
By Drax Largo on October 24th, 2014
Critic Reviews for John Wick
John Wick is the kind of fired-up, ferocious B-movie fun some of us can’t get enough of.
This is not an action movie in the Michael Bay lineage; rather than an escalating series of explosions, John Wick offers a slow burn, sizzling in a manner true to its hero’s surname.
Mostly it’s Keanu playing bang-bang. If that sounds great, go see the movie. If not, congratulations on aspiring to better things.
While the body count grows numbing and repetitive, “John Wick” actually is more compelling in the aesthetically heightened, specifically detailed world it depicts.
It’s a B movie made with A-student love for the relentless thrill of bodies in brutal motion.
John Wick is little more than 101 minutes of Keanu Reeves running around shooting people in the head because they [spoiler redacted]. That’s literally all there is to it.
Stahelski stands a bit back from the fights and keeps them clear and coherent, rather than impressionistic.
Cinematic greatness it’s not, but “John Wick” never aspires to more than what it needs to be: an exciting reminder of why action movies are fun in the first place.
When Reeves, who seems to be challenging Cruise in the ‘what, me 50?’ do-my-own-stunts department, gets back in gear, he’s like a ghost warrior, twirling, rolling, spinning, stabbing, firing on all cylinders so quickly he’s gone before the bodies drop.
So it’s that kind of movie, walking a thin line between extreme violence and farce. Reeves has slipped off that tightrope more than once of late but he’s got perfect balance in this one.
John Wick is such a pleasure to watch, it’s like if Fred Astaire shot a lot of bad guys in the face.
Sensational action scenes make “John Wick” one of the best Keanu Reeves outings in some time.
Without any recognizable humanity to its characters, “John Wick” remains a disposable piece of violent revenge fantasy, the latest version of which always seems to be more tiring than the last.
“John Wick” breathes life into a genre that one might have thought was exhausted, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it launch a franchise as long as all the same players are in place. I just hope that, next time, Wick doesn’t buy a cat.
The action scenes are done fairly well, both from the standpoint of the choreography (not being edited to death like some such genre pics) & Reeves handling the physical requirements of such stunt work (Full Content Review for Parents also Available)
While at times repetitive, John Wick builds up plenty of goodwill with its lean, no-nonsense story and some highly-impressive action set pieces.