MON­DAY JOHN WICK

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5.40PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE Meet John Wick. He is played by Keanu Reeves, but that’s not im­por­tant right now. What is im­por­tant is that John Wick is hav­ing a bloody tough time of it. His beloved wife, a real babe, has just died. His beloved car, a clas­sic 1969 Mus­tang, has just been stolen. His beloved pet, a late-model adorable puppy, has just been as­sas­si­nated. While an in­cur­able dis­ease was re­spon­si­ble for the first tragic event, the same set of Rus­sian mob­sters is to blame for the next two. Guess who’s gonna get mad, get even and get his rocks off do­ing so? Though de­fi­antly trashy in na­ture, this is ac­tu­ally one of the best-crafted ac­tion films of 2014. Some in­spired fight chore­og­ra­phy and in­no­va­tive cam­era work in­fuse the pulpy pro­ceed­ings with a con­trolled ag­gres­sion that grabs a viewer and never lets go.

★★★

farmed for hu­man body parts. Two rebels (Ewan McGre­gor and Scar­lett Jo­hann­son) es­cape. The so-so sci-fi of the first half is quite watch­able, but the rest is stan­dard run-and-gun chase stuff. Di­rected by Michael Bay ( Ar­maged­don). kind-of love in­ter­est) Kelly (a yap­pier-than-usual Scar­lett Jo­hans­son). Co-stars Colin Ford, Mag­gie El­iz­a­beth Jones. his Tal­ladega Nights buddy John C. Reilly are mo­ronic man-chil­dren forced to fi­nally fend for them­selves at the ten­der age of, um, 40. The gags are hit and miss, but all is for­given when things are on tar­get.

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