JOHN WICK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS FILM - DC

Di­rected by Chad Sta­hel­ski. Star­ring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Al­fie Allen, Adri­anne Pal­icki, Brid­get Moy­na­han, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane

Reeves sets out to avenge his dog’s death in an un­stop­pable vec­tor of an ac­tion movie. There are whiffs of John Woo and Ringo Lam. Keanu’s tun­nel-vi­sion de­ter­mi­na­tion (“You killed my dog”) re­calls that of Lee Marvin (“I just want my money”) in John Boor­man’s Point Blank. But the most un­avoid­able in­flu­ences on John Wick are, surely, first- and sec­ond-per­son shooter video games. This is not meant as any sort of neg­a­tive crit­i­cism. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 101 min

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