It’s time for a John Wick Blu-ray Review seeing as John Wick 3’s cinema release is just around the corner. So I’ve decided to take another look at Keanu Reeves in his first to outing as John Wick. It’s a great excuse (not that I need one) to re-visit the first two films which I thoroughly enjoyed and review their Blu-ray releases. You can now purchase the first two films together on both Blu-ray and DVD, whilst 4K versions of are available separately. Right let’s focus on the first John Wick film where it all started back in 2014, here’s my John Wick blu-ray review.
- John Wick (2014)
- Genre: Action
- Directed by Chad Stahelski / David Leitch
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Bros
- Blu-ray Released: 21 September 2015
John Wick is struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately he isn’t allowed time to grieve as a couple of Russian gangsters take a liking to his classic Mustang car. They break in to his house and steal it and in doing so give Wick a bit of a beating. Worse still is the loss of yet another loved one. However Wick is not the type of guy you want to mess with and he sets out for revenge taking out all that stand in his way.
The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch with the cinematography handled by Jonathan Sela. John Wick is full of action and therefore is in need of a director or directors that know how to shoot those action sequences. Enter Stahelski and Leitch for their directorial debut, not only to they manage to pull off the action scenes but they put together an incredibly fast paced and stylish action movie.
There are some excellent choices of camera angles and shot selection whilst the lighting really suits this dark neo-noir feel they were clearly aiming for.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard. It really matches the visuals with many scenes taking place in either nightclubs or hotel venues.
Acting / Characters
Keanu Reeves puts in an excellent performance as John Wick I doubt anyone will win any awards for their acting in John Wick but there really are some outstanding action sequences performed by the likes of Reeves.
Michael Nyqvist plays Viggo Tarasov head of a Russian crime organisation and whose son is responsible for bringing the wrath of John Wick.
The casting of the likes of Willem Dafoe and Ian McShane adds a bit of class to the acting side of things whilst Adrianne Palicki as Ms. Perkins turns in an excellent display.
- Keanu Reeves as John Wick
- Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov
- Alfie Allen as Iosef Tarasov
- Willem Dafoe as Marcus
- Ian McShane as Winston
- Dean Winters as Avi
- Adrianne Palicki as Ms. Perkins
- Bridget Moynahan as Helen Wick
Conclusion: John Wick Film Review
John Wick is a thoroughly entertaining action movie that’s stylishly made and well acted. I’m not really surprised at just how well the first two films have been received as they are simply a blast.
Add John Wick to you must see list of films.
If you like my John Wick blu-ray review you may want to check out these films:
- Face/Off (1997)
- Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
- Death Wish (2018)
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Conclusion: John Wick Blu-ray Review
The films from 2014 so as you would expect there no issues with the picture quality. On the extras front there’s a decent set of interviews along with a mini documentary giving just enough of an insight into the thought put into creating this excellent action film.
- Don’t F*#% With John Wick (15 mins)
- Destiny of a Collective (6 mins)
- The Assassin’s Code (5 mins)
- The Red Circle (6 mins)
- N.Y.C Noir (6 mins)
On to my movie rating for John Wick (2014)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
John Wick (2014) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: John Wick (2014) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: John Wick (2014)
Duration: 101 mins
Director(s): Chad Stahelski , David Leitch
Actor(s): Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A stylishly made and thoroughly entertaining action movie that’s a must see.