Dir: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (Uncredited), 2014
There is an influx of action films around, these days. Although a lot of them are enjoyable, they just walk the same well-trodden path.
Occasionally, however, you get the exception, where the action is exciting and thrilling, fully living up to the genre.
Enter The Dragon, Commando, Rambo and The Equalizer are just some of the exceptions. Now, you can add John Wick to that list.
Recently widowed former assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves), receives a puppy called Daisy, as per the instructions of his wife before her death.
Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), the son of the head of a Russian crime syndicate, meets John at a petrol station and offers to buy his car.
John refuses the offer, so the young thug and his friends, break into John’s house, beat him with baseball bats, kill his dog and take the car.
This triggers John to take up his old job, and seek revenge.
John Wick is one of the best films there has been for a long time. The action is fast, frantic and frenzied. Brutally violent, there is a never ending onslaught of exploding heads and blood letting. It’s incredibly surprising, that the British censors passed it with only a ’15’ certificate.
Although Reeves was excellent in Speed, and put in a notable performances in The Matrix, his starring turn as John Wick, should be the action role that he’s remembered for. Ballistic and bloody, John Wick will certainly rank as one Reeves’ best.
Non-stop, thrill-a-minute excitement, that never lets up, slows or drags. Whenever you think that things have calmed down, a bullet flies onto the screen and it all starts up again, barely allowing the viewer to catch their breath.
An absolute must-see, John Wick rides alongside The Equalizer and Kingsman as the best action films this past decade.