This reviewer is a big fan of revenge drama flicks and has devoured films of the genre like Kill Bill and Django Unchained with much relish, which is why Keanu Reeves’s latest offering John Wick has come across as a bit of a disappointment, despite the stylish action sequences and the noir-ish characters. The grim action fare revolves around Wick (Reeves), a retired Mob assassin, who digs out his guns and goes on a rampage when Iosef (Alfie Allen), the debauched son of his former boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), attacks Wick in his own house for his Mustang and in the process, kills his dog Daisy, who was a gift from his deceased wife. An injured Wick decides to avenge the death of his dog and goes on a spree, killing Mob toughies in order to reach Iosef, who is being protected by his father, who though disgusted with his son, has to save his bacon because blood is thicker than water.
The film has been directed by former stunt men David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, because of which, the quality of action sequences is quite impressive. The film moves at a fast pace too and has been crisply edited, which are some of the few things that you might enjoy. However, despite all this, the film fails to touch a chord, primarily because the directors have neglected the script and the story-telling.
The plot is quite simplistic and even the characters seem quite one-dimensional, which might prove to be a dampener, especially for those looking for something beyond mere mayhem on the silver screen.