John Wick movie review - Aussieboyreviews
JUST HOW VIOLENT IS THE STYLISH ACTION IN JOHN WICK?
This graphic but enjoyable action-thriller starring Keanu Reeves features very violent action. With an appealing story, John Wick is an awesome revenge film that’s packed with action. Not just action fans will enjoy it.
After the love of his life suddenly dies and a group of thugs break into his home, John Wick, a former assassin, exacts revenge and tracks down the gangsters who took everything from him.
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Release Date (Australia): 30 October 2014
Runtime: 101 minutes/1h 41m
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English, Russian
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film’s themes include assassination, revenge and crime.
The film contains shootings and stabbings that are accompanied by depictions of large blood sprays and spatters.
The film contains aggressive uses of the word “f**k”.
A man is briefly viewed smoking marijuana.
R (for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is the excessively stylish, resilient and vengeance-seeking protagonist who introduced the true action blockbuster. Chad Stahelski executes this story beginning with a seemingly quiet man in a seemingly quiet life, which is unforgettably perfect when it suddenly connects to its first loud and brutal fight scene. Reeves delivers a fine performance, which then leads along with acceptable character development. But once that action switch is turned on, it remains on!
The shock of the first action sequence really raises our hopes for the rest of the movie, especially considering that John Wick’s themes are centred around the revenge of a former assassin. Thankfully, the movie really forces through and lives up to our hopes. There’s extremely violent action sequences that are stylish in combat, but the plot is actually really easy to concentrate on which makes it an easy watch.
Wick’s enemy is certainly a very finely constructed antagonist, as we root for Reeves’ character as he fights for vengeance. The whole plot, from start to finish, is also very entertaining and watchable. But the best thing about this action-thriller is that it creates a legendary protagonist who matches perfectly with the action-thriller genre. There’s frequently stylish and thrilling moments of activity.
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