John Wick is one of the best action films of 2014. Forget about The Equaliser, forget about Edge of Tomorrow and forget about Guardians of the Galaxy, just don't forget about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Raid 2, X-Men Days of Future Past and John Wick. Keanu Reeves, who appears to have stopped ageing over twenty years ago, gives his best performance in a long time as the unstoppable hitman with eyes for vengeance. The film opens with a scene from the ending, followed by a cut back in time to Wick's lowest point. That's when the story begins. We're instantly shown him as a sympathetic and vulnerable character with nothing else left to loose. Then, suddenly, he's given something back in his worthless life, only to have that taken away too. We can't help but feel empathy towards his character, which really helps when we see him slaughter dozens of bad guys later on in the film.
There's always a constant sense of threat around John Wick, not just form his character. Yes, he's certainly threatening himself, but the film's got a strong enemy too. Michael Nyqvist, famous for starring in the Millennium Trilogy, plays Viggo Tarasov, the father of the man who John Wick is after. While he fails to match his performance in that, here he gets close. He's a great villain, and not just because he's the ideal guy to play a Russian hitman. His character has some depth and humanity, all while being a child beating, manipulative and intelligent bad guy who knows who to fear and who not to fear, John Wick being in the first category.
Aside from that one scene with the poor editing, the rest of the film's humour really works, sometimes just because of the awesomeness occurring on screen. I use awesome and badass a lot when reviewing these types of movies, but what else do you expect me to use? John Wick has a sense of humour, and a decent one at that. The film's brisk runtime flashes before your eyes thanks to the non-stop action and plentiful humour.