Film Review: John Wick (Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist) Force of nature awakened, amazing violence

John Wick, with Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen & Willem Dafoe.  Directors, David Leitch & Chad Stahelski.  Reeves exhibits his mastery of the uber mensch genre, once again.  It’s good to have him back on top, after a prelude of relatively, minor films; revving up his superstar engine.  Good strategy, if that’s what it is.  This film isn’t just a shoot ’em up cavalcade.  It is an exhibition of ability & easily the most viscerally, aggressive film I’ve seen this year.

Say what you will about Reeves’, he knows how to thrill.  This time as a retired hitman, pulled back into the underworld after a mob princeling & his accompanying thugs destroy a peaceful world that he’s made for himself.  Keanu seems at his understated & underestimated best; stoicism at the ready & his (mostly) subtle emotions boiling over.  Akin to a fast approaching storm on the horizon that arrives before you know it.

Though much reduced & forgotten after years of being the eccentric top guy at the box office, Dafoe shines in his secondary role as the hitman’s peer, with a suspicious agenda.  I found him to be perfectly himself.  Satisfying.

The film is a romp, an unprecedented display of the power of the gun.  A ballet, rivaling Reeves’ work in The Matrix & his subsequent, recent overseas hit Man of Tai Chi.  Great special effects bring to life the inhuman ability to kill, en masse.  What is awe inspiring, specifically; is the ability of cinema to create such a contemporary monster of such power.  It can indeed, be compared to his reluctant messiah “Neo”.  At the very least, it does have the same aura of dark destiny.

I recommend the film, wholeheartedly.  Nyqvist is a little less than what he could be, in his role as a mob boss, but everyone else pulls together to create an action masterpiece.

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