I may as well just
come out and say it: John Wick is
a modern masterpiece, one of the finest action films ever made, and a
contender for my #1 favorite film of all time, as well as one of the
best films of the decade so far. That might just be me speaking as
someone who loves action films, revenge films, and the work of Keeanu
Reeves, but even putting that all aside this film is still pretty
damn good. With its sequel out and dominating the box office
alongside The Lego Batman Movie, I
figured I’d talk about the original film and why exactly its worthy
of such a critically-acclaimed sequel as what it got.
story, as you may know, is about John Wick, played by Keeanu Reeves.
John’s wife recently died of an illness and, to ensure he wouldn’t
be alone in his grieving, gifts him a puppy. One day a Russian punk
sees his nice car and tries to buy it; John tells the punk no. The
punk finds John’s house, breaks in, and kills John’s dog all
before stealing the car.
is a fatal mistake.
this Russian punk, who is the son of a very powerful crime lord, soon
learns, John Wick is no ordinary man; he is the deadliest hitman in
the world, a truly unstoppable force, an incredibly deadly and
focused professional who is so far beyond pissed at this point that
this little shithead may as well just sit down and twiddle his thumbs
because nothing is going to stop John Wick; this brat is well and
truly fucked… or he would be if his dad, who happens to be John’s
former employer, didn’t try and pull out all the stops to
save his son from his impending doom. With an army of Russian
mobsters, bodyguards, and a couple of money-hungry assassins out for
his blood, surely John Wick won’t get his revenge… right