Average User Score: 7.8Mar 11, 2015John Wick: The Review
The awards season has rolled its head around once more. Either you love it or hate it, but it comes every year. OneJohn Wick: The Review
The awards season has rolled its head around once more. Either you love it or hate it, but it comes every year. One movie that didn’t receive any recognition is a movie called “John Wick” starring Keanu Reeves. John Wick was a stylized action movie that was unique enough to warrant high praise like an Oscar nomination. This beautifully choreographed action movie with Reeves shooting his way through the Russian mob. However, the movie has only received minor praise by winning some rewards and nominations. While getting snubbed from all major award ceremonies. However, John Wick should be considered on that top tier of movies in 2014.
This Chad Stahelski directed film is set in New York and came out last October. It’s Stahelski’s first major film and Reeves comeback movie. Besides “47 Ronin” it has been 6 years since Reeves stared in a major motion picture. It hasn’t been since 2003’s “Matrix Reloaded” that he’s stared in a movie that got positive ratings from critics. Reeves has also accumulated six Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies for short. The Razzies is an awards ceremony that gives awards for the worst in film. The movie has earned Reeves some critical praise for his portrayal of the mob hit man.
The movie centers around a man named John Wick (Keanu Reeves). It begins with his wife (played by Bridget Moynahan) who had just died from an undisclosed illness. Wick had just settled down after getting out of hitman business. His last link to a normal life was just taken from him. His wife has one last gift for and it’s in the form of a puppy. John Wick has felt a short of comfort in the fact that a piece of his wife is with him and he now has a companion. Makes his loneliness bearable.
Unfortunate events lead to the house being broken into, the car stolen, and the dog killed. Set on revenge, John Wick tries to find the men who did it. Wick discovers from a friend that the son (Alfie Allen) of the Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) was involved. Wick is ultimately pulled into the life that he tried so hard to get away from. This sends him down a tale of revenge and despair. Wick tries to seek revenge for the last thing in his life that he held dear to his heart.
John Wick is ultimately an action movies. This doesn’t hurt the movie at all, as the movie gets A in every category. The movie is a beautiful display of camera perfection. The cinematography is what sets it apart from most movies these days. Everything has this blue colorful tone around the lens. The camera gives colorful detail and Johnathan Sela. (Cinematographer) dominates at his craft. This camera allows the subtleness of Stahelski direction allows the movie to shine.
Though the best part is both the dialogue and the acting. Keanu Reeves history doesn’t affect his fantastic work in this movie. Delivering a performance that could rival Bruce Willis in the movie “Die Hard”. His diameter is very subtle like the movie is trying to be. He delivers the splendid dialogue like it comes out naturally. “People keep asking if I’m back, yeah I’m think I’m back!” The realistic and phenomenal performances leave the audiences wanting more.
Overall, “John Wick” might have some action clichés. However, the movie accelerants past most movies of this year with a great plot, breathtaking performances, and dialogue that will impress Shakespeare.
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