The comeback of retired hitman John Wick out for retaliation is also the comeback of the onetime Neo, who teams up again with his Matrix stuntman after 15 years to seek vengeance on the big bad gangsters. Bathed in neon nightclub colours, John Wick responds to questions of whether he’s back (yeah) with scenes of old-school action that might please Reeves fans. Non-fans will find the endless sequences of uninspired and uninspiring combat amount to a somewhat insipid cinematic experience.
John Wick | Directed by David Leitch, Chad Stahelski (USA 2014) with Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist. Starts January 29
Originally published in issue #135, February 2015