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Movie review: John Wick (don’t set him off)

I am not a regular movie goer, so when I do have the chance to see them – I can get pretty excited! Last night, I saw the new Disney animated full length film “Big Hero Six,” which I loved (as I expected with the same team who made “Wreck it Ralph”) though to avoid spoiling it for those planning to see it, I will talk about “John Wick.” A couple weeks ago, I saw an early screening of “John Wick” – a triumphant return to action for Keanu Reeves – who has made a name for himself as an action movie star (and more recently Sad Keanu Internet memes).

“John Wick” is a well done revenge story where the recently widowed title character encounters a thug with a Russian accent who offers to buy his classic muscle car, which is of course not for sale (as John Wick responds in Russian, a hint that he is more than just a sad widower). The already depressed man is gifted a puppy from his deceased wife, which he was getting attached to. The thug (who is actually the son of a crime lord) ends up tracking John to his home, beats him up, kills his dog, and steals his car.

Once the thugs bring the car to a garage, the owner of the garage (played by John Leguizamo) recognizes the car and kicks them out. Of course, it turns out John Wick is a former professional hit man who managed to get out of it by doing “an impossible job” from the thug’s crime lord father, which is only referred to with a gold coin currency he uses at some hotel for assassins (which is where the original thug happened to be).

As with most good action films, the story is revealed in bits and pieces which draws you more into rooting for John Wick – a man of little words, but who doesn’t’t really need them with his arsenal of guns and fighting skills. Anyways, to not give away the entire film’s important plot points, I’m just going to say I enjoyed and recommend this movie if you do enjoy action, fighting, and Keanu Reeves. In case, you were wondering why his name is so important, just refer to this movie poster:



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