Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillion
Cinematography: Dan Lausten
Music: Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard
Editor: Evan Schiff
Writers: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams
Director: Chad Stahelski
John Wick is one of the few action franchises that are alive and kicking at the box office. After Taken series, no film franchise has such following among fans. Also, watching Keanu Reeves as John Wick makes it worth our while. The movies are pure badassery in action and they never are scared to rise the bar. This time too, the creators raised the bar up.
We see John Wick (Keanu Reeves) trying to escape a 14 Million USD open bounty on his head in New York and the film is all about it. But when an Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillion) enters into the picture, she targets friends of John and gives them time to once again pledge their allegiance to the High Table. John tries to meet the person above the High Table and he asks his assassin friend, Sofia (Halle Berry) to help him.
John has to convince the person that he would never disobey the orders of the high table and work for them. Can he maintain that promise? Will the bounty hunters leave him alone? Watch the movie to know about them.
Chad Stahelski choreographed entire movie as an action thriller game that never stops. He made it look like different ways John Wick can kill his opponents even when he is bruised and badly injured. He promises to come back even after being shot. He fights with sword assassins and he even doesn’t stop when entire gang arrives for him with big guns. For these kind of films, writing anything wouldn’t appear as a spoiler.
The action in the film is gruesome, violent, scary and very real. It is also shocking to see how many could John Wick survive. It is like Level 1, Level 1.1, Level 1.2 and then some story to enter Level 2, some more story and Level 3. The action elements in the film are profoundly made to thrill the audiences while the pace of the film is racy enough to not feel deja vu.
But the story elements are highly weak and the interest in knowing how many ways John Wick can kill wears off after a point. The first film had relentless action but the new characters and World building helped us to go with the flow and enjoy it. Even in the third film of the series to just have action sequences makes it a bit too tiring. Still, the action part is so well done that you feel like you were in the scene and following this cool assassin everywhere.
Halle Berry has an interesting character and when she returns in the next chapter we can expect even bigger fireworks from her for sure. Keanu Reeves just breathes as John Wick on the screen and his screen presence allows us to believe in all the action on the screen. He gives it his all to sell the act and with the perfection he pulls off some of the stunts that appear to have been done by himself is really praiseworthy.
Cinematography, Editing, Music and even situations just help the makers to come up with great action set pieces and they all deliver. We feel like exhausted after watching the assault on each other by these big men just like John Wick. This is a great reminder that pure action films are still fun. Don’t expect any story just expect fun.