Recent Releases – John Wick

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John Wick (Keanu Reeves) sets out to take revenge on the reckless mobsters who killed his dog, the last thing that reminded him of his dead wife. Unbeknownst to the gangsters, they’ve just brought one of the most ruthless legendary hitmen out of retirement and he’s not going to stop until he gets his retribution.

To be honest there’s not a lot to say about this film other than it’s a wildly stylish, all-out action flick. At times it greatly entertains but in other places, probably because the plot is so incredibly basic, I found myself drifting off from time to time. The fight choreography is very impressive and I think it was whilst watching this that I noticed how film and television currently base a lot of fight sequences on a style innovated by The Raid. An extremely gritty and raw style of brawling opposed to the very gracious kung fu mode of battle we got from 90’s action culture.

Quite easily Keanu’s best movie to date and a perfect example of how to best utilise his talent – and that’s by making his character a mysterious man of few words but lots of action. Let’s hope we see more of this type of film from him in the future and less of 47 Ronin or Man of Tai Chi. I wouldn’t go as far as agreeing with most critics by saying this is his return to form but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

3 and a half Baba Yaga out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

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