I have decided it’s time for movie reviews to return to this blog. Film Friday is not coming back any time soon because the likelihood of me watching four films in one week these days is somewhere around slim to zero. I think a more realistic target is about one film a fortnight. I have never been a great movie essayist so the reviews will be short, sweet and extremely honest. But let’s stop fannying about and get onto the first review, John Wick.
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a former hit man who has gone to great pains to extricate himself from his former life after finding the love of a good woman. When his wife (Bridget Moynahan) dies, John is devastated and wonders if there is any reason to go on. Fortunately his wife has predicted this and sent him the surprise posthumous gift of a puppy.
Just as John is starting to think there might be some light in the world, his beloved car is stolen and his puppy killed in the process. It’s not just any thief, who has crossed John’s path though… it’s Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) son of Russian mob boss, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist)… John’s former employer.
John has no intention of letting sleeping dogs lie (pun intended) and sets off on a manhunt fully intent on wiping Iosef off the face of the earth. Viggo isn’t going to let his only son go without a fight though and an epic battle is soon underway.
The role of John Wick is perfect for Keanu Reeves. He is a man of few words who as a character the audience is fully expecting to revert to a stoic, fighting machine in the face of his grief. Reeves has never been known for his emotional range but he is an excellent action star and even at his now somewhat advanced age, looks incredible as the hyper athletic, Wick. Allen is also great playing spoilt, entitled and rather cowardly, Iosef.
The fight choreography is very impressive and I loved being thrown into the fascinating secret assassin world, complete with body disposal dinner reservations and “no business on site” hotel. There’s not an enormous amount of substance but it doesn’t really matter. John Wick is just a fun, action packed, super violent revenge movie and if you go in expecting that you won’t be disappointed.