Keanu Reeves has been an audience polarizing actor since he first took up the craft, but he has a rabid following and a reputation in Hollywood as being a genuine good guy. While he was well known for his Bill and Ted films and some solid action movie work, it wasn’t until The Matrix Trilogy that Keanu finally became a megastar and the movie trilogy redefined action and sci fi. While Keanu has made a wide variety of films since The Matrix Trilogy, he has never really put both feet back in the action genre until now with his new film John Wick.
John Wick is a man with skills and a mysterious past. But those days are behind him and he enjoys a peaceful life with his beloved wife. But his wife becomes ill and dies, leaving him with only a puppy to remember her by, and John finds himself lost and without purpose. When the punk son of a Russian mobster assaults John in the night, steals his car and severs John’s last tie to his wife, John rediscovers his purpose and sets out to get revenge and destroy anything and anyone that gets in his way.
Director Chad Stahelski has a long and revered history in film as a stuntman and co-ordinator, even doubling for Reeves himself as Neo in The Matrix Trilogy, and John Wick is his debut behind the camera. And boy can you tell where he came from. John Wick is one of the most stylish, most energetic and most fun action movies in a long time. Not only can Stahelski’s pedigree be seen in the original and crackling gunfights and fistfights, but he also has a very unique eye for camera angles, lighting and staging that I can only image came from years of working with the best director’s in the action genre. There is no way I can express properly in words just how badass John Wick is. Add to all this Michael Nyqvist as the Russian gangster and Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones as his dumbass son and this will become a new benchmark for action and is destined to be a classic sooner than later. And the Blu-ray from Lionsgate is just spectacular. The colors are bold and vibrant, the entire image crystal clear and the soundtrack bombastic and immersive. This is not only one of the best movies of the last year but one of the best Blu-ray’s to boot. Very highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.