Los Angeles Times
“John Wick” — An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him. With Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen. Written by Derek Kolstad. Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. (1:36) R.
Rating: R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use.
“John Wick” transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce.
Keanu Reeves plays a retired killer — John Wick — who aimed for a new life with his new wife, but whose plans faltered when Mrs. Wick passed away mid-romance. Then her parting gift to John, an adorable puppy, is the victim of an attack from a savage robbery crew.