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“John Wick” is Slick and Stylish

Keanu Reeves is finally back to his fighting form. 

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At first glance, “John Wick” looked like a recycled revenge film, but instead it turned out to be some good ol’ B-movie fun. This film will fire-up any action junkie.

Here’s the plot: Wick (Keanu Reeves) is an ex-hitman. His wife just died of cancer. Russian gangsters steal his ’69 Mustang and kill his puppy, Daisy. Wick goes crazy, he wants revenge and he’ll kill a lot of baddies for it.

The script is incredibility simple and sounds a little brainless, but first-time director Chad Stahelski brings action and style to the table.

The film also features a redemption performance from Reeves who, let’s be honest, really hasn’t done much since the end of “The Matrix trilogy.

Stahelski, along with scriptwriter Derek Kolstad, throw us right into the mayhem of this film. There will be fights, stabbings and shootouts in this bloody extravaganza.

Reeves’ performance gets your pulse rushing … he’s a mad man on a mission for blood.

While the dialog is not quotable and moral lessons are completely out of the picture, “John Wick” does also dish out some standout supporting roles from Michael Nyquist, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and William Dafoe.

So go crazy folks, “John Wick” is slick, stylish and bloody fun. Reeves is finally back to his fighting form. Action junkies unite, in John Wick we salute!

It receives three and a half stars out of five.

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Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold is Arts & Entertainment Editor for MBU Timeline, as well as Web Administrator for the site. He is majoring in broadcast media and minoring in religion at Missouri Baptist University. Arnold runs cross-country and track and field at MBU. Arnold has always had a passion for film and likes to shoot and edit film. Arnold wants to have a career in video production after college. In his spare time, Arnold also runs his own blog, "Arnold At The Movies." Checkout all of my reviews at http://ryanarnoldreviews.weebly.com/

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