Keanu Reeves has had a tough time of it lately. In the years since his ‘Matrix’ heyday, he’s made blockbuster flops (‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, ’47 Ronin’) and decent-but-overlooked indie dramas (‘A Scanner Darkly’, ‘Henry’s Crime’), and even directed his own perfectly respectable kung-fu movie, ‘Man of Tai Chi’, which still hasn’t had a UK release. But following superb reviews and strong box office on its US release last year, ‘John Wick’ seems to mark something of a comeback for the taciturn leading man.
The plot is ludicrous – ex-assassin Wick takes violent revenge on the Russian mobsters who killed his cute little puppy, which was the last gift his dying wife left him. But it’s meant to be daft: ‘John Wick’ is much more interested in style than substance. It’s packed with balletic gunplay, glistening neon, sneering villains and snappy one-liners. Produced by Reeves himself and directed by stunt co-ordinator and first-time filmmaker Chad Stahelski, this is classy, old-fashioned stripped-back action cinema.
See our review of ‘John Wick’ and find out where it’s playing near you. And take a look at the five reasons why we’re thrilled to have Keanu back.