arc October 29, 2014 Share October 29, 2014 (edited) via imdb: "An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him." The action and world-building in this are great. For the action, I don't think I've ever seen such a seamless blend of martial arts -- in this case, mostly MMA style grappling -- and gunplay. The world-building is actually quite reminiscent of Looper: stylish assassins live the high life in a (figuratively) parallel world with elaborate systems built to sustain and support their careers and their recreation. (fwiw, I was actually thinking "hey, this feels kinda like the assassins' world in Looper" before I read the AV Club review that also referenced Rian Johnson.) I think the storytelling is a bit off, structurally, though. The tiny flash-forward at the start feels awkward. It takes a while to get to the inciting incident. And most of all, it feels like the story really should come to an end about when John Wick kills the gangster's son who started the whole thing, but instead there's a really long coda that wraps up Dafoe's character, gives Wick a SECOND bout of Needing Revenge, and finishes up Adrienne Palicki's character too, and finishes Dean Winters and Michael Nyquist off too. It's just all-around awkward IMO. Edited October 29, 2014 by arc 1 Link to comment
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