John Wick (Keanu Reeves) used to be a hitman, but now he retired for a quiet life with his wife. Unfortunately, she became ill and passed away, but left him with a dog for company. Then this spoilt gangster brat who wants John Wick’s very nice car breaks in, beats him up and kills the dog. This sends John Wick over the edge and he goes out and kills all the bad guys.
There really is very little story to this. It is just all about bad guys and blood, shooting, killing, killing, killing. And Keanu Reeves is still just such a marvellous action hero. He can walk slow and shoot like the best of them. It is very beautifully shot, and really just wonderfully violent.
Everyone knows I love a good Hollywood blockbuster, blow ‘em up, smash ‘em up type movie, and that’s exactly what this is. Lots of fantastic explosions with bits flying toward the camera, lots of Tom Cruise running, lots of masks being ripped off and hidden technology and all that kind of stuff. What more could I want?
A bigger screen, really. Boo to Palace Cinemas (who I usually love, but this is a definite mark against them) for putting such a big movie in a tiny cinema with a tiny screen. Having said this, I am actually not sure that I would have made it through the climbing-on-the-tower scene in a larger cinema, but that is unimportant. If you are going to take my money for a blockbuster, put it on your big screen. Complaint over.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the previous installments – you don’t really need to know who they work for or why. This film is Tom Cruise at his best. He doesn’t need to smile much, but rather can just stand around looking intense. Jeremy Renner does a great counter-intense character and Paula Patton plays the token strong woman well – although it does feel like her character is only there to wear the short skirts and have a catfight. Note to action movies – we want more strong women. Like those in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Long Kiss Goodnight.
Mission Impossible Five is apparently to be released next year. I will definitely see that one in a cinema with a decent sized screen.