1 October 2017

John Wick

John Wick 2014
  • Director: Chad Stahelski
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Mikael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Lance Reddick
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Keanu Reeves – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The House by the Lake, A Scanner Darkly, The Matrix Trilogy, Sweet November, The Gift, Feeling Minnesota, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnomic, Speed, Much Ado About Nothing, Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons
    • Mikael Nyqvist – Luftslottet som sprängdes, Flickan som lekte med elden, Män som hatar kvinnor, Den bästa av mödrar, Grabben i graven bredvid, Reuter & Skoog, Tillsammans
    • Alfie Allen – The Kid, Flashbacks of a Fool, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement, Elizabeth
    • Willem Dafoe – Mr Bean’s Holiday, Paris je t’aime, American Dreamz, Manderlay, The Aviator, Once upon a Time in Mexico, American Psycho, eXistenZ, Lulu on the Bridge, The English Patient, Wild at Heart, Cry-Baby, Born on the Fourth of July, Mississippi Is Burning, The Last Temptation of Christ, Platoon, Streets of Fire
    • Lance Reddick – Fringe, The Wire, The Siege
  • Why? Keanu Reeves and Mikael Nyqvist
  • Seen: 22 September 2017      

       Sweden was recently saddened by the news that Mikael Nyqvist had died, only 56 years old. He’s greatly missed in the theatre and film world of Sweden. Movies about hitmen are not my favourites (with the exception of Léon) but for Nyqvist’s and Reeves’s sake I want to see this.
       Car thieves, murdered dogs, Russian mafia. Cocky young Iosef (Allen) steals the wrong car and kills the wrong dog, as his father, Mafia leader Viggo (Nyqvist) informs him. John Wick (Reeves), former associate, recently widowed, now enemy, still unbeatable killer.
       It’s all very macho. The only women are a few glimpses of Wick’s beautiful, then dying, then dead wife, and a few seconds of lightly clad nightclub guests, some hookers and a couple of vampy assassins.
       It’s raw and violent and after the 30th or 40th shooting I’m bored to tears. Far from Reeves’s best film, much less Nyqvist’s. Nyqvist does well in this uncharacteristic role and that adds a star or so to the rating. That and some of the photography work. Otherwise, not a good film. Why in the world did they bother with sequels?      

2 * of 5  

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