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John Wick

John WickJohn Wick: action films with revenge tales are a dime a dozen, as far as plot goes; Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s film, at least, doesn’t even pretend to have a plot, simply a kickoff (with some small motivation thrown in) for the action sequences and graphical violence that abound throughout the rest of the movie. Keanu Reeves’ expressionless line-reading is in fact a good fit for the character; also, he displays the required physicality for all the fights. The film makes a point that, for the most part, the foes don’t really matter, so the rest of the cast barely registers; even so, there are a few nice performers playing minor roles (Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick are the ones that come to mind). Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir manages to make the action scenes very kinetic, but not lose clarity of what is going on, a rarity in today’s action films. Cinematographer Jonathan Sela’s images are slick, but the heavy-handed colors are, at times, tiresome.

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