JOHN WICK (15)
JOHN WICK (15)
Run time 101 minutes
Director: Chad Stahelski and (uncredited) David Leitch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki
Synopsis: When a retired hit man is forced back into action by a brutal Russian mobster, he hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend. ‘John Wick’ is a stylish tale of revenge and redemption set in a brilliantly imagined New York City.
John Wick is the directorial debut of veteran stuntman/co-ordinater Chad Stahelski, paired again with Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) as the eponymous protagonist.
The film looks set to be the start of a new franchise for the buff, super-fit Keanu Reeves, who plays a retired hitman, grieving for the recent death of his wife and consoling himself with her posthumous gift – an adorable Beagle puppy.
Then when his car is stolen, he is attacked and his dog is killed by the repulsive loutish son Iosef (Alfie Boe) of mob boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist). Wick – who was so adept a killer that he could ‘kill three men armed only with a pencil’ – is forced out of retirement, looking for revenge.
Mayhem follows as the slick violent action escalates and the body count overloads – he’s certainly not a character on whose ‘wick’ to get.
Along with exhilarating action fight scenes there are some interesting locations – the ‘ghost’ hitmen and women even have their own New York city hotel base The Continental, with a currency system of gold coins. Look out also for the exterior of the legendary Delmonico’s restaurant and the Flatiron Building in New York City.
There are excellent supporting cameos from the likes of Willem Dafoe as Wick’s friend Marcus and the ever mesmerising Ian McShane as Winston, while as female killer Ms Perkins, Adrianne Palicki excels.
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