I keep waiting for the week when I can get truly excited about what’s coming out. We are getting closer to that feeling, be we aren’t quite there yet. This week we’ve got John Wick, messing with ouija boards and a blind kid playing football. It’s all over the place.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

John Wick
Rotten Watch Prediction
There have been a lot of revenge movies coming along over the years. People are always fucking with the wrong guy - some mild-mannered would-be plebe who just happens to have an inordinate amount of killing skills. This is a fact that dudes learn the hard way far too late. The roots of revenge come in many forms, though often stem from a guy’s wife being killed. I’d have to say this might be the first time a full-length feature action revenge film centered almost entirely on the protagonist getting his dog whacked. That in itself probably makes the ensuing bloodbath worth it. Man’s best friend and all.

See what a guy does for his pet in the trailer for John Wick,

Keanu Reeves always seems to pop up in the places you’d least expect him. Or maybe it’s that I keep expecting him to not be cast at all. That’s not fair to the guy I realize, but he’s a tough guy to gauge on the talent pantheon and honing in on his particular set of on-screen skills is elusive. For me he’s forever Neo, and I suspect a generation of people like me agree. That’s not to say he doesn’t have chops (he does, though not in the traditional sense), but removing his career-defining role from the front of your brain is tough. And getting a feel for what he can do beyond The Matrix seems even tougher. He isn’t dynamic. He’s somewhat monosyllabic. And he always kind of looks the same. Yet he’s entertaining, and this film looks like the perfect Keanu vehicle. I don’t get it, but I suppose I don’t have to.

Critics are loving on John Wick early and often. Through fourteen reviews it’s sitting at a cool 100%. Even with a moderate drop over the weekthis thing is going certified fresh almost without a doubt. It’s a far cry from the piece of garbage 47 Ronin.

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