Let me make this simple. John Wick is one of the best action films I've ever seen. It deserves a place in the collection of any aficionado. It's smart, stylish and a near non-stop adrenaline rush! This review is based on watching the Blu-ray version, which is stunningly gorgeous.
The film becomes available today on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand. The John Wick Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively. Personally, I say go with the Blu-ray Combo Pack, not only for the superior qualities of Blu-ray (picture and audio) but also for extras exclusive to it as opposed to the DVD version.
Reeves, in one of his best performances ever, is John Wick a legendary former hitman for New York's Russian underground who has managed to leave the game and live a normal life with the woman he loves. After Wick experiences a tragic personal loss, the spoiled, entitled son of a Russian gangster -- who has no idea who he's dealing with -- deprives Wick of the two remaining things that he loves. This leads Wick to come out of retirement and embark on an unrelenting course of vengeance. And the body count just keeps getting higher and higher.
The action consists of judo, jujitsu, other grappling techniques, gun-fu and some great vehicular combat.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and produced by David Leitch, p.g.a., masters of Hollywood action, and written by Derek Kolstad, John Wick’s legendary cast also includes Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Alfie Allen (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Atonement), Adrianne Palicki (TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Bridget Moynahan (TV’s “Blue Bloods,” I, Robot) and Dean Winters (HBO’s “Oz,” TV’s “Rescue Me”), along with Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, HBO’s “Deadwood”), John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, Gamer) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man trilogy, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (Blu-ray Exclusive)
• “Don't F*#% With John Wick” featurette
• “Calling in the Cavalry” featurette
• “Destiny of a Collective” featurette
• “Assassin’s Code” featurette
• “Red Circle” featurette
• “NYC Noir” featurette
AsianCineFest Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; most highly recommended, both for the incredible action and for the terrific bonus features.