John Wick

There’s so much action and artful ultra-violence in this old-style gun-fu revenge flick that you might not even notice its almost total lack of substance. And Keanu Reeves gets a needed career boost in a visceral role tailor-made for him in that it requires little actual acting.

A legendary mob hitman comes out of retirement when his muscle car is stolen by a dog-killing crime boss (Michael Nyqvist doing an excellent Eurotrash villain). Wick is apparently not a guy whose car you want to steal. True, not much of a plot; mostly it’s Reeves shooting people. Lots of them. Hardcore action fans don’t care. (101 min)