Bottom Line: Keanu Reeves delivers the butt kicking goods in this stylistically gritty, testosterone-fueled flick. It’s a relatively excellent adventure made moderately bogus journey due to the overall lack of story and character depth. But, come to think of it, the Russians piss him off – so… The motives here are fairly flimsy but set forth a course for destruction that’s so singularly focused you’ll willingly light the fuse, take a step or two back and watch the bare bones, head cracking action unfold. The acting is solid, the comic book/video game action is fluidly swift and the dialogue is sparse yet shockingly and creatively on point. At just over 90 minutes, though, the story still feels a little overplayed. I’d still happily watch Keanu reprise the role should the box office take here warrant a sequel. It’s more fun than you might expect. If you’re purposely looking for bloody style over substance, no other movie this year can hold a candle to JOHN WICK.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe and Michael Nyqvist
Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Running time: 96 minutes
Studio description: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". (C) Lionsgate
Official site: www.johnwickthemovie.com