Written by Bru-Hed.
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THIS WEEK: Every critic’s favorite punching bag, Neo/Ronin/Tai Chi Guy/Constantine Keanu Reeves, stars as a retired hitman who finds out it’s not easy to stay retired when Russian mobsters take your last bit of hope–but not your stash of weapons!
Written by Derek Kolsta; Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.
- After a slow start, the action and body count pile up. Reeves’ character is given some sympathy despite his lethal profession. Killing machine with a soul.
- BAM! BAM! BAM! If you like gunfights, this has your name on it. Probably the most creative gunfight choreography I’ve seen in a film in years, maybe ever. Worth seeing just for that alone.
- Car lovers: 1969 429 Boss Mustang, 1970 SS396 Chevelle, and a new all-black Dodge Charger zoom and swerve. (They’re not in the film quite enough to qualify it as a “muscle car flick,” though.) Some other nice car crashes and chases.
- Reeves is perfect for this kind of role. He has that simmering-under-the-surface slow boil emotion down pat. When he finally does go off, it’s appropriate and not over-acted.
- Russian a-holes get theirs. A lot.
- Great line: “Dinner reservations for 12.” I could use that service at my place.
- Comic fans rejoice! Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Polecki) plays a badass hitwoman that makes her S.H.I.E.L.D. counterpart look like a Girl Scout. And Willem “Green Goblin” Dafoe plays against type.
- Nice to see John Leguizamo and Ian McShane in small but key roles. Would like to see more.
- Satisfying ending for the most part.
- As with most of these types of flicks, you’ll have to suspend disbelief in terms of shots that miraculously both hit and miss their targets as needed, and Energizer-bunny human bodies that can withstand superhero-like pummeling. The whole film hangs on a questionable gas station coincidence, but it’s believable enough for me.
- I hope his beagle was not in the Mustang while it was blasting around the vacant lot.
- Russians have replaced Italians as go-to movie mobsters for a long time now. Getting a bit stale.
- One scene takes place in a rave/club full of bikini-babes in a pool. And NONE of them are topless! WTF? If you can show bullets going thru skulls, you can show me some boobies and butts. Gimme some dessert with my bloody steak!
- If you can’t stand seeing four-legged violence, you’ll want to either close your eyes or skip this.
- Don’t wear headphones when snipers are around. It gets messy.
As with most of these movies, you’ll forget most of it the day after you see it (except for a few parts). Unless you get off on gun catalogs, you don’t need a giant screen to enjoy this. But if you dig action/gunfight flicks or Reeves movies, you’ll want to check it out and you’ll have a good time.
P.S.: Pascale not only draws superheroes, but also hitmen, Hollywood stars and dogs. Get yourself some art. Just ask Craig here!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Wednesday’s Heroes, Mike Pascale, 47 Ronin, Men of Tai Chi, Bill and Ted or the Matrix. Keanu bought motorcycles for every member of the crew on the MATRIX. Still waiting for Craig to buy me a brew!