SilentDawn’s review published on Letterboxd:
The greatest piece of character-building (and world-building) in John Wick is an expression. A simple one, but an expression all the same. A moment where, after stabbing a security guard upright through the chin/neck with a knife, John Wick ruthlessly stares into the man's eyes as he dies, the phantasm reverberating from his aura, being sure that he was the last person he'd ever see. It embodies both the reason why the world is so startled by his reappearance, and why he's infamous in the first place. A lingering specter of the underworld, out for sensation and finality and nothing more. An Action Classic.