Film Review: John Wick
Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo
We’ve all experienced loss. Some are able to grieve and move on. Others are unable
to do so. John Wick not only lost the love of his life to Vague Terminal Disease,
but also a final parting gift from his wife, a puppy named Daisy, because the thuggish
son of a powerful Russian Mafioso wanted Wick’s 1969 Mustang and Wick had the audacity
to say no and then reply in Russian. Now, John Wick is on the warpath for vengeance
as he confronts his violent, blood-
John Wick is visually stunning, though not in the usual flashy special effects way
you would expect from the film reviews this site does. It’s stunning in its camera
work, its scene set-
The soundtrack, as to be expected, is what you would expect from an action film. There isn’t exactly a standout track for me, but the one moment that does stand out is when John Wick is in a church in Little Russia and “Ode to Joy” is being played on an organ. It’s somewhat strange that that sticks out in my mind, as opposed to the track being played when he’s mowing down multiple goons in a night club, but what happens after it stops playing seems oddly fitting. Again, it’s standard fare, and you’ll probably not even acknowledge that much because the action is the bigger focus.
“Forgive me Father, for I couldn’t hear you over the sound of my rifle.”
When my friend first explained the premise of the film to me, I was hoping that this
would feel like a subtle spoof or parody of other hit man or revenge films. I mean,
come on! A film about a retired hit man coming back because some punk-
For most of us, at least.
Keanu Reeves plays the eponymous John Wick, and sweet mercy is he amazing in this.
Yes, he’s still kind of emotionless, and his one display of genuine rage as a character
is kind of laughable, but he’s also incredibly ruthless, dark, and downright intimidating,
with a beaten-
This whole film, with a premise that sounds ridiculous and a setting that is so fun, is an absolute riot. If you enjoy action films like The Raid or Dredd, you’re going to love John Wick. If you’re not a big fan of action films, there is plenty of genuinely funny moments that will leave you laughing that will hopefully give you your exception. If you’re a fan of Keanu Reeves, you won’t be disappointed by this film at all... unlike that weird anomaly that was 47 Ronin. But, like John Wick himself, I now find myself back once again!
Editor’s Note: Excellent review, Atty! I really feel like you understand Mr. Wick
and his return from hiatus, given your own little vacation of late.
See you in another six months!
Atmosphere & Experience: 9
Director: Chad Stahelski
Producer: Basil Iwanyk
Release Date (U.S.): Oct. 24, 2014
Release Date (E.U.): Jan. 02, 2015
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