It also helps that there are rumored to be at least 84 kills in the film, most of which are head shots. Still need to be convinced? You should check out the trailer below then:
You see what happens when you mess with Keanu’s dog? Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Chad Stahelksi (who has forged an impressive career as a stunt-man), and written by The Package’s Derek Kolstad, John Wick looks to mix the visual style of Drive with the simple plotting of Taken to create a bona-fide B-movie homage. Reeves appears to give a nuanced yet charismatic edge to the titular character, while the likes of Alfie Allen, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Jason Isaacs, John Leguizamo, and Michael Nyqvist reportedly help to elevate the blockbuster with superlative supporting performances too. All in all there’s clearly plenty to be excited about.
Soon after the screening for John Wick concluded, Twitter started to become infested with reviews from critics lucky enough to see the pulsating, action extravaganza. You can check out a few choice overviews here:
JOHN WICK is the goods. So much good stuff. Keanu is on fire these days, #FantasticFest— Drew McWeeny (@DrewAtHitFix) September 20, 2014
The body count in JOHN WICK is 84. Seems like there was more. But what's the head shot count? #BadassQA— Neil Miller (@rejects) September 20, 2014
We are prone to hype at festivals, but JOHN WICK really does do some outside-the-box thinking with an old formula. Also, it has a puppy.— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) September 20, 2014
It's screening tonight so I guess I can finally reveal that I've seen & thoroughly enjoyed John Wick. Keanu kicks ass 6 ways from Sunday!— Jim Vejvoda (@StaxIGN) September 20, 2014
There's a building and a set of characters in JOHN WICK that deserve a TV spin-off.— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) September 20, 2014
John Wick: so much fun. Meat-and-potatoes storytelling treated with remarkable muscle and verve. #FF2014— William Goss (@williambgoss) September 20, 2014
If at this point it seems like reviews for John Wick have been universally positive, it's because they have been. The movie currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes,, which is no small feat.
John Wick tells the story of Reeves’ eponymous ex-hitman, who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Soon he is driving in an out of New York City’s urban labyrinth as he pursues his targets. It looks as though it could be Reeves’ best-action work since The Matrix, and anticipation ahead of its October 24th release is now at a fever pitch.