As weaponized mayhem of the most disreputably electrifying kind, the sleek and eccentric revenge tale "John Wick" jabs far above its weight class thanks to the panther physicality of 50-year-old headliner
This taciturn, retired hit man's story can be summed up thusly: loving wife dead, vintage Mustang stolen, cute dog killed, it's time to hit "start" on a one-man bloodbath. Sad Keanu, meet Bad Keanu. When weary Russian mob kingpin Viggo (
A kinetic Reeves, literally dressed to kill, is dialed in to his own particular set of skills here. He executes the movie's delirious close-quarters combat sequences — flips, chokeholds, knifings and head shots — like a forgotten man on fire: If anyone deserves a
"John Wick" is dotted with other pleasures, including elegant pulp-urban production design and lip-smacking, friend-or-foe character turns from Ian McShane,
MPAA rating: R for strong and bloody violence, language, brief drug use.
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.