Takes longer to get going than I remembered, but when it does, it KNEES YOU IN THE FACE WITH FLAMING LEGS and doesn't stop.
It may have lost a bit of its lustre in this post-Raid world, and the story and characters are perfunctory, but the stunts are still extraordinary. Given the way the action scenes frequently rewind for instant replays of its best stunts, its main appeal is as a stunt showreel (perhaps one intended as an audition piece for Steven Spielberg or Luc Besson...?)
That bit with the saw blade to the forearms still looks as painful as I remembered.
Yeah, I'd say Wick is entirely justified in going on his roaring rampage of revenge. And I say that as a cat person.
Imagine Max Payne, being <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyJlYEDCzVI"played as a tool-assisted speedrun. The sharpness and precision of Reeves' gunshots mean he's essentially doing gun kata in this film's action sequences. Equilibrium likewise involved a cute puppy at a major turning point - and considering how much that movie swiped from The Matrix, it means that in a weird way, things have come full circle.
I look forward to the John Wick/Jack Reacher/Taken Cinematic Universe.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
RIDDLER: Riddle-me-this, Gothamites! What just-released movie about our Batty arch-nemesis has numerous annoying inconsistencies; strains believability irritatingly frequently; is not as good as either The Dark Knight or Batman Begins; is undeniably very flawed... but nevertheless contains some tremendously well-done, spectacular and uplifting individual moments and sequences? My friends and I will attempt to solve this quandary.
HARLEY QUINN: Ahhh, shaddap, ya big green piece of punctuation! I gotta say, even though there's no-one in this movie that lights up…
The first time I saw most of the Bond films was when ITV showed all of them over consecutive weeks in 1999, in the run up to the release if The World is Not Enough. However, even though I videotaped OHMSS at that time, it went unwatched for several years. I really regretted that, because when it was finally viewed, it turned out to be one of my favourite of all the 007 movies.
If there are three things that…