John Wick – Good Old-Fashioned Action With Keanu

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On paper, John Wick doesn’t sound like much. A run-of-the-mill action revenge movie written by a virtual unknown and directed by a guy who never directed a movie before and whose career was spent working on stunts for big movies. But John Wick just works.

Of course, you do not expect gut-wrenching drama and masterful acting performances from a movie like this. From a movie like this, you expect a quick pace, a smooth ride, some cool action sequences and a ton of kicking butt. Well, the movie delivers all of that and then some.

Keenu Reeves is as cool and as butt-kicking as he is always; the guy from the Swedish Lisbeth Salander movies makes for an interesting bad guy; Willem Dafoe and Ian McShane do their thing and all of that makes for an old-school, no-brains-needed action packed flick that does not pretend to be something it’s not.

And that is something that needs to be appreciated and even saluted these days.
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