John Wick

John Wick ★★★★

Keanu is back in fine form! Within the first five minutes, you suspect this will be a better outing than 47 Ronin. By the 15 minute mark, you know it will be a superior film compared to 47 Ronin and other action flicks that wish it could achieve the level of accomplishment and panache that this movie offers in terms of entertainment, drama, fight choreography, sympathy for the main character, and creation of a surreal yet mundane world of hitmen and hitwomen.

The fight scenes and gun battles have a fluid feel. You can actually see what is happening versus disorienting choppy quick cuts of directors who do not have the competence to capture such fight set pieces on film. The sequences are fun, creative, and intense which is what you hope for from two veteran stuntmen turned directors.

The story is just enough to show what motivates John Wick. The cool irreverent moments will bring a smile to your face. However, I do have one gripe. It involves a couple of questionable choices John Wick makes which is supposed to make him seem fair, honorable, and benevolent but is down right stupid. There is no honor among thieves, and this is true with sociopathic killers, too. Had he taken care of business when he had the chance, then none of the problems that appear in the last third of the film would exist.

John Wick is an engaging and satisfying action movie. Welcome home Keanu!

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