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John Wick Movie Review (2014)

action movie john wick (2014) posterJohn Wick is a new action movie stars Keanu Reeves, and its about an ex hitman who’s brought back into the vault out of his retirement because some people take everything from him and he’s out to get all of those mobsters one at a time and usually through a headshot or some kind.
I've been a fan of Keanu Reeves forever, not just as an actor but I've seen him in interviews and he seems like a really cool, humble, down to earth gentleman. And I like that when an actor does not seem fool themselves, and Keanu Reeves is one of those guys.
I've seen a lot of positive buzz about John Wick and that really got me excited to see an action movie that I was hoping would be a really great one. John Wick is one of the best action movies of the year and quite possibly Keanu Reeve’s best performance. I’m serious.
The stunts in this movie are absolutely mind blowing. Keanu Reeves does most of the stunts by himself, which is such a great thing to see. When you see a long take and you get to see that Keanu Reeves doing some of these things involving driving, fist fighting, gun play, everything that you might imagine an action hero would have to do in a movie, he’s doing it in this one. And its directed by two veterans stuntman (David Leitch and Chad Stahelski).
Recently the movie Left Behind (2014), directed by Vic Armstrong also a veteran stuntman from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and such things like that. A lot of respect for that, but as a director? Nah…
These guys have proven that they can make a really slick looking movie with not just fantastic action scenes but actually with some really great dialogue scenes as well.
Michael Nyqvist, you may remember him from the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) or from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), he plays the main villain of this movie, and I thought he was absolutely terrific.
All of the acting in this movie was actually really great. Not only its Keanu Reeves’s best film since The Matrix (1999), it might actually be his best performance. And I’m not just talking about the stunts work, he had some of very emotional scene in this movie that involved a lot of anger and despair. And he does a very great job with all of them. I was really impressed with his work in this movie.
One of the thing I really like about John Wick that its not just a revenge action shot ‘em up. There is actually a lot of interesting world creation going on in this movie. You learn a lot about this underworld of criminals and its like this entire franchise just waiting to happen. And its actually one of those things that sets up the idea of sequel without being incredibly forced like in The Maze Runner (2014), where there was like a few senses at the end that basically went “And there is going to be another one by the way..
There isn't anything like that in John Wick. It’s kind of a movie that you see a man’s potential in regard to a franchise and I would love to see the sequel of this movie. The actions in this film is virtually unrelenting once its started. There are incredible shoot out sequences, fantastic hand to hand combat sequences, and the greatest thing is you can see Keanu Reeve’s face like doing the majority of all of it because this guy is an actor who respect his audience in regards to action movies.
Do you remember all of his stunts he did in Speed (1994) and of course all of 3 Matrix movies. This guy knows how to sell action. It’s a non stop action movie that doesn't letup that actually has a smart script, a really awesome hero, a few great villain. And I got to say this movie contains the best night club scene since Collateral (2004), I’m being honest.
By the end of it, my mouth was kind of dropped a little bit, and I was just like “This is crazy good action”. It’s just so nice to see some directors who understand the action world so well, but they’re actually able to make it look really swift, really sleek, appealing, and get a star who can sell the role.
But I got to stress this isn't just a really good action movie. There’s actually a lot of really great underworld crime world building going on. With some intense conversations and Keanu Reeves and all the actors in this movie, even John Leguizamo was really good. And I’m not a big fan of his.
John Wick is one of the best action movies of the year. It’s Keanu Reeve’s best film since The Matrix, and it might actually be his best performance in my opinion. I think when you judge it simply as an action film, this movie does everything it supposed to do.
Is it ground breaking? Is it mind blowing? No, it’s an action film that understand exactly what its doing and it does it extremely well.

Directors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Writer: Derek Kolstad (screenplay)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
Duration: 101 min

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