Monday, February 23, 2015

John Wick

John Wick is the type of old school throwback that makes me think of the early action flicks of Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger. With a threadbare plot and the loose message of be careful who you fuck with, Keanu Reeves stars in the title role as a legendary killer brought out of retirement by the son (Alfie Allen) of a local gangster who, only days after the passing of Wick's wife, kills the man's dog and steals his vintage sports car. Needless to say the punk didn't realize who he was messing with.

A typical revenge story, John Wick gives Reeves the opportunity to kill many, many people (including an impressive number of victims shot in the head). The film is populated with amusing small roles such as Willem Dafoe and Adrianne Palicki as other hitmen and Ian McShane as the proprietor of a hotel who caters specifically to those in Wick's line of business, but what you're really paying for is the nonstop action and high body count. And that the film delivers.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a digital copy of the film, commentary by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the trailer, and a collection of short featurettes on the film's creation, action sequences, story, and set design.

[Lionsgate, Blu-ray $39.99 / DVD $29.95]

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