Thursday, February 12, 2015

John Wick

John Wick, somewhat different to your shoot up movies. But that seems to be a new trend. 
Keanu Reeves plays an retired hit man who, by chance, encounters a spoiled brat son of an Russian Mob boss. Eventually the kid and his entourage rob John Wick of his reason of living. Although, the ex hit man part develops slowly in the first half of the movie, it leaves his entire previous life in a fog (similar to the Equalizer) and deals with the here and now. Overall the film is well made and directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who integrated a great deal of fight choreographes as well as gun fu techniques. However, my personal favorite is the desk clerk at the  Continental, a hotel that exclusively caters to assassins, with the rule that no business can be conducted on premises. Cool, calm, collected and discreet, a role well handled.
I'm not sure if Keanu was the right character for the movie, he seemed very stiff. Although this stiffness made him perfect for the Matrix series, for this movie, not so much. Jason Statham would have been perfect for this role. He is and has been portraying that type of character for some time and is by all means totally believable. However, judging by his movies of similar character, this movie did not quite have the somewhat indebtedness of his style.
BTW, what is up with the Russian mob being portrait and used lately? What happened to tradition and the Italian mob? 

Rotten Tomatoes  83%
IMDb with a 7.2/10
Peter's 2 Cents 6.5 out of 10

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