I’ve always liked Keanu Reeves, from the quintessential indie River’s Edge, through The Matrix and on. He’s among the royal triumvirate of late ’80s/early ’90s megastars which also includes Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. These three burst on the scene at about the same time to claim the throne as the next set of leading men who might rule for decades. And all three have done just that.
John Wick is a violent, bloody shoot-em-up with style, a little flair, cool visuals, some obvious breaks in logic and a bit of comic relief. It’s a plot of no particular consequence, but that’s OK. Because I judge a movie based on what it is, not on what it is not. You’ll know if you’re the audience for this movie. If you are, you’ll have fun. Nothing exceptional — there’s no mastery of the genre as exemplified by John Woo’s Face/Off, nor does it rise to the level of Kill Bill. But it gets the job done. And so does John Wick. 6/10