John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves is not really a movie. It is more like a very violent video game shown on the big screen. The producers did not bother with much of a plot.
John Wick is a retired killer who used to work for the Russian mob. He left that life to marry a lovely woman who has now just died. The only two things left in John’s lonely life are his car (a 1969 Mustang) and a Beagle puppy his wife left him.
Bad guys break into his house and beat John up. They steal his car and kill his dog. We are not giving anything away here. This has all previously been shown in the coming attractions for the movie.
This all takes place within the first 15 minutes of the picture. The entire rest of the movie consists of John Wick hunting down the man who killed his dog, and in the process killing anyone who gets in his way.
It turns out that the dog killer is the son of the head of the Russian mob John used to work for. Therefore, there are hundreds of goons with automatic weapons protecting the killer at all times. John must mow them all down to get what he wants.
Keanu Reeves has gotten himself into fantastic shape for this role. He really does the action scenes excellently. The problem is that there really is nothing other than the action scenes. There is no real character development. It is never explained who John Wick married or how she convinced him to stop being a killer.
The reason it is like a video game is because the body count is absurd and there is a total lack of police presence. There is only 1 cop in the entire movie and he just says hello to John despite seeing a dead body. We assume this means the cop is on the take, but that is also never explained.
The rest of the time Wick and the Russians are firing automatic weapons and exploding bombs all over New York City and no police show up. We don’t even hear any police sirens to hint that maybe the authorities have taken notice. Speaking of hearing, don’t expect to hear much for a while after leaving the theater. The movie does not have a great sound track, but it does have an incredibly loud soundtrack.
The most interesting character in the movie is a cheerful and beautiful hit-woman named Ms. Perkins.
She is played by Adrianne Palicki, who, unlike the other actors, seems to be really having fun with her role. She and John Wick obviously know each other, but the movie does not give any details as to when or where or what their relationship was.
If you want to watch a loud movie with non-stop action and a body count close to 100 then this is the one to see. However if you care something about character development, storyline and common sense then you should probably miss this one.
We give this movie 2 Stars **