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Movie Review: John Wick

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In John Wick, the titular assassin thinks he’s back. (Source: IMDb)

Ah—revenge never felt so good!

After the death of his wife, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is living a lonely life with a beagle. While pumping gas in his Mustang, one of the members of a Russian mob, led by Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), wants to make an offer on the car. But–Wick refuses. Later that night, the mob breaks into his house and steals his car. Ridden with anger and more grief than before, Wick’s past of being an assassin begins to creep up on him. What does he do? Hit the streets of New York City to get his revenge, of course!

After a modest performance in theaters back in 2014, John Wick is slowly beginning to earn its cult status. It’s a shame people shied away from Keanu Reeves shoot it up in a black suit driving a Ford Mustang among other vehicles. This proves that the action genre can be more than just your typical action genre. Stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch sit in the director’s chair to give a noir-ish portrayal of NYC’s mob underworld. Featuring a gifted cast including Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe, expertly-edited, wall-to-wall action (not to mention the best nightclub shootout sequence since Collateral), a deadpan sense of humor, and kick-ass dialogue, John Wick is what action thrillers are all about! Cannot wait for the sequel!

4/4

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