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Today I watched the action / revenge flic “John Wick” (2014), starring Keanu Reeves as the title character.  Basically, the movie is what it is: a violent action film about a retired assassin who comes out of retirement to punish a group of Russian mobsters for breaking into his house, stealing his car (a 1969 Mustang Mach 1) and killing a puppy he received from his recently deceased wife.  Blah, blah, blah – storyline, cut to action…  The movie is a long string of violent encounters where-in Wick kills about 50 or so mobsters.  I say, “50 or so” because I stopped counting at 20 and that was only about a third of the way through the movie — and he was just getting started.
The movie is very predictable from the point where the dog dies and Wick wakes up.  Hey bad guys, if you’re going to kill the dog, you better kill the owner…
Strangely, the movie works.  The action, fight choreography, shooting and crashing cars are all visible and not lost in confusing close-ups or distant shots which leave you squinting at the screen trying to follow the action.  The acting is just light enough to let you catch your breath between action scenes, but realistic enough that you can empathize with both Wick and the main bad guy (Viggo Tarasov played by Michael Nyqvist).
This movie is in no way a family movie.  It is far too violent for children below their mid-teens.  Did I mention it’s violent?  Despite that qualification / limitation, it is a pretty good action movie which I understand already has a sequel getting prepared.  Final recommendation: Keanu Reeves turns in a solid performance and the movie gets a strong (but not highly) recommendation.
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On This Day In:
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage
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Not Today

If there is a glory to be found in war it is from the mercy the victor must show the vanquished; the friendships that can be forged while fighting for one’s life; and, when many, many years from now, when there is a calling to war, mankind’s finally gaining the ability to say, “Yes, we have fought before, but we will not do so today,” and make it stand for eternity.  Then perhaps we will know the glory of war to be man’s rising above it (and himself).
   —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage

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