Bursting into theatres this Friday from directors David Leitch, Chad Stahelski and Summit Entertainment comes the man known as JOHN WICK.
This film tells the story of John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a man mourning the death of his wife. Having a difficult time he opens the door one morning to find a dog named Daisy. A gift from his wife John takes the pup out for a ride in his car.
While stopping for gas Wick encounters Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), a cocky man who wants to buy his car. When told it’s not for sale, Iosef isn’t happy. Late that evening Iosef and two of his henchmen come to take the car.
When Wick fights back he is taken down and when awake goes directly to someone he thinks will know where the car is. Aureilo (John Leguizamo) spills all and Wick knows exactly who took his car.
Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), Iosef’s father learns what he has done and knows it’s worse than bad. At one time Wick worked for Viggo so there is no question about what Wick’s capabilities are or how focused he can be. Viggo puts out a contract on Wick and especially calls on Marcus (Willem Dafoe) to solve the problem.
Wick looks up Winston (Ian McShane) for information and knows he must use his old contacts if he is to track down Iosef. As more people fall it becomes clear that nothing will stop him. Viggo tries to make a deal for his son but that isn’t what Wick has in mind.
Oh no, that’s not at all what he has in mind.
FINAL WORD: Reeves as John Wick is just stellar to watch. There is something awesome about a guy who is quiet by nature yet has no problem handling business. That being said there isn’t anything about Reeves I don’t like – even prior to JOHN WICK. In this film he gets the chance to make other revenge films look tame (with the exception of Liam Neeson so I’m thinking we need to team these two guys up!). Wick is definitely a single focused character and Reeves gives him that and more. He looks great physically and, I’m just going to say it, still handsome as ever. This film is going to do well me thinks!
Nyqvist as Viggo also is pretty damn cool for a bad guy who is also apparently a bad father. A fan since seeing him in GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO (the original, not that crappy remake) this character is a man who knows what he’s up against and I mean up against till the very end! As cool as he possibly can be under these circumstances, Nyqvist seems to be playing the game with Wick knowing that it’s only prolonging the inevitable.
Allen as Iosef is just one little douche bag. Believing that he is indestructible and can take what ever he wants is what gets him marked in the first place. Hoping daddy can save him even after being told what Wick is all about, he continues to party as if life hasn’t changed. See, that’s a guy who’s just itchin’ to get spanked – the Wick way! Allen takes the brat and gives him the right amount of audience hate, good job!
Dafoe as Marcus also knows Wick from their heady younger days. This character is one that doesn’t readily jump in but when he does, his aim is deadly. McShane as Winston is a cool cucumber who owns a hotel and has a set of rules that his guests must play by. I just love when McShane gets a chance to be charming and deadly.
Other cast includes: Adrianne Palicki as Ms. Perkins, Toby Moore as Victor, Omer Barnea as Gregori, Dean Winters as Avi Daniel Bernhardt as Kirill, Bridget Moynahan as Helen, Bridget Regan as Addy, Keith Jardine as Kuzma and Lance Reddick as Charon.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give JOHN WICK four tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to say that I had one heck of a good time watching this film. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from the film and went in blind and got blind-sided! There wasn’t any part of the 101 minutes that I didn’t enjoy.
It is a fast paced film with constant action and a storyline that has no problem throwing kicks and jabs every which way. A handsome hit man in a very nice suit has no problem sharing wicked one-liners and moments of vulnerability. The cinematography is so well done because the action sequences look absolutely seamless.
I’m sure this will be toted as a man’s man flick but I will have to say there are some gals out there that will enjoy the action as well.
In the end – don’t set him off!