Most people going to see the movie John Wick at Cronulla Cinemas will know what to expect. Violence in spades and Keanu Reeves dealing it up a treat. Having said that, if naïve moviegoers plan to share their popcorn with the sequel to Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit, they may be pleasantly seduced by this beautifully crafted, hi-action, frenzied and bloody genre. It is somewhat predictable, but we feel comfortable in the manipulation. Keanu takes us on a ride that we want to go on with him, especially because of the circumstances that drive him to take the ride…
No spoiler alert because the plot isn’t the driving force, it is simply the reason for the force. In a nutshell, John Wick was once a notorious hitman. He ‘retired’ for a quiet life with the love of his life… who, sadly, dies. She knows the depth of John’s love and arranges for a puppy to be delivered after her death to help with his grief, which indeed it does. The only other ‘love’ in his life is his 1969 Ford Mustang. So when the nasty buggers take the only two good things that remain in his life, it is time for revenge. In spades.
There’s a lovely rhythm to the movie – the violence is strong but delightfully choreographed and there’s some charming black humour to give the film some light, shade and depth. One reviewer said that Reeves was a 21st century Errol Flynn and that’s pretty accurate – it is a modern swashbuckler with the buckles swashed in blood. While Reeves steals the movie, the casting is excellent. A quick mention to one of the minor characters, the Russian, Victor. He is played by Aussie actor Toby Leonard Moore who learnt (fluent) Russian for the role! Expect to see a lot more of him.
John Wick is now showing at Cronulla Cinemas. It is rated MA15+ and runs for a well-paced 96 minutes. Rydges Cronulla is right next door for a pre or post-flick drink or meal and, indeed, all your accommodation needs.
Here is the official trailer for John Wick.