This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
PLEASE DON'T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET.
Let's be honest, we all watch these films in the knowledge our heroes will survive as they have already-announced sequels to star in. But when they're really good (as essentially every Marvel since Avengers 1 has been) you spend the running time thinking "how the ruddy heck are they going to get out of this?" Age of Ultron is the first time where I did not have that feeling at…
Keanu Reeves, lots of guns and Marilyn Manson on the soundtrack.
But this is an entirely different beast to The Matrix. Like a graphic novel (or, to my mind, the Max Payne games) come to life. It's the little moments, such as Lance Reddick's hotel concierge and David Patrick Kelly's "cleaner", in between all the people getting shot in the head (spoiler: a LOT of people get shot in the head in this) that really make John Wick stand out from the current wave of action films. Bring on John Wick 2.
Possibly some of the clunkiest dialogue ever written, performed in some of the most astonishingly bad accents ever committed to film - and a huge huge waste of the potential of its cast. This gets 1 and a half stars for a couple of good action scenes and half a star for introducing me to the phrase "mfwic"