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Justin Johnson

John WickIts Butt Kicking Time!

by Justin Johnson | 2014-10-24 | Movies, Reviews
It’s very refreshing to go see a shoot em up guy’s movie that knows exactly what kind of movie it wants to be.  Especially after sitting through the somewhat schizophrenic cinema experience that is Fury.  So by 15 minutes into the movie, I sat back with a big ol smile on my face ready to enjoy the ride… John Wick does a great job of quickly pulling the viewer in and setting us in Mr. Wick’s world.  First, we become sympathetic to man who just lost everything.  And soon we learn he left a lot behind in order to gain what he has now lost.  Sad for him, even worse for the crew of thugs who took it from him!  This movie delivers some great scenes in the first 20 minutes or so to set the stage of how good John Wick is at his old job of disposing unwanted people.  Even the head of the Russian Mafia has a reason to fear Mr. Wick.  So the stage is set, badass assassin now retired comes out of retirement because the Russian Mob boss’s son stole his car and killed his dog.   To make things interesting, Mr. Boss man takes out a $2M contract on Mr. Wick in hopes of saving his son.  What takes place over the next 1hr in 20 minutes is nothing short of pure guy movie bliss as John goes through the vestiges of his old life and old friends to make way to his one desire, to dispense the man who took his last prized possessions.  And after 1 hr and 20 minutes, I looked over at my fellow movie goers with a big ol’ smile and said what a great movie!!  We had amazing fight scenes with gun action that clearly pays homage to one of my favorites of all time – Equilibrium.  We had a nice tight story that knew exactly what it was for, to move us to the next butt kicking scene.  We had great supporting cast coming and going to keep things interesting for John.  Everything I could have hoped for in a great shoot em up flick! But sadly, after an hour and 20 min,... read
 

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