MV5BMTU2NjA1ODgzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTM2MTI4MjE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_What’s it all about?

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Because that’s how they roll, retired hitmen.

Why did I want to see it?

I heard John Wick being reviewed by Edith Bowman and Robbie Collin who were standing in for the normal hosts on the Kermode & Mayo film review programme on BBC radio last year some time and they made it sound fun and interesting. I missed it in the cinema but it turned up on TV very recently and seemed an ideal Saturday night watch.

What did I think of it?

I really enjoyed this. I can take or leave Keanu to be honest, and my last experience of him in a movie was 47 Ronin which was a bit disappointing to say the least, but his style of (non)acting really worked in this film.

Dourness was very much the order of the day as his character loses his wife, gains a puppy as a last gift from her on the day of her funeral (I think, the timing was a bit unclear at the beginning) and is targetted by the son of a Russian gangster who wants John to hand over his rather lovely classic car. He of course says no. Cue home invasion, severe beating up, stealing of said car and most heinous of all… they kill the puppy.

You know that these are really, really bad guys when the dog doesn’t survive. Plus the gangster’s son is played by Alfie Allen, otherwise known as Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones so I clocked him as a bad’un as soon as he appeared.

It then becomes an over-the-top revenge film, very stylish with an extremely high body count and the best specialist hotel in the world, catering only for hitmen and their ilk. And of course, after much suffering, John obtains his revenge. Of course he does.

The sequel has already been greenlit and I for one will be looking out for it. Great stuff.

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