Keanu Reeves

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Director:

Chad Stahelski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Riccardo Scamarcio

Ian McShane

Plot:

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Review:

I did not get to see this in theaters, sadly, I think it actually bothered my husband more than me, but what can you do. Newborns.

Anyway, knowing that it was highly unlikely we wouldn’t like this we ordered the steelbook from Best Buy and watched it the day it came out. We were not disappointed.

So many good fight scenes, and it was all shot so well, no stupid shaky cam or over usage of quick cuts. I loved the world expansion and all that we learned, it’s so interesting. Sure it’s romanticizing assassins, but it’s just so damn cool.

Something I really enjoyed was the fact that this told a complete story, but it also set up for the sequel. The point of this movie though wasn’t the sequel, I’m looking at you Avengers Age of Ultron. The way it was done made me want to know more about the characters and the world, but didn’t leave me without a conclusion to the current conflict.

Loved this movie, though, I’ll need to watch it another time before I decide if it was better than the first.

5/5

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The Matrix: Reloaded (2003)

Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003)

Director:

Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Laurence Fishburne

Carrie-Anne Moss

Plot:

Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

Review:

I love this movie. It’s in my top ten favorites. I’m pretty sure I like it more than the first Matrix movie. The last forty-five minutes are jam packed with some amazing action scenes. My favorite is the scene where Neo fights all the bad asses in the palace on the mountain. Some great shots and great action. The highway scene is just as good with the ghost twins providing new enemy abilities.

The CG is dated and occasionally looks pretty bad, but they don’t focus on it for long periods and the way its shot helps mask the shortcomings.

I remember getting out of school and rushing to the theater to see this. I had been blown away by the first and I devoured anything I could find about the sequels before they came out. I was not disappointed by this film and it hurts my heart that people actively hate this movie.

Oh well. I enjoyed watching it again and plan on re-watching Revolutions soon.

5/5

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

The Matrix (1999)

Director:

Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Laurence Fishburne

Carrie-Anne Moss

Plot:

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Review:

This is one of my happy movies. I watch it and can’t help but grin. So many scenes that I love, a great world, great editing, and a great story.

I really shouldn’t review movies and books I love because I get so caught up in them that I can barely think past OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!

The movie opens great, I love that you get to see Trinity kicking so much ass. The cool little slide phone. Her flight through the window looks a little bad, but the movie is from ’99 it gets a pass.

This was the first rated R movie I ever owned; it might have even been on VHS I’m not sure. I remember letting my little brother watch it, without my parents’ consent, and getting so angry that the coolest part for him was when Neo flips of Agent Smith. How could he not see how cool the action scenes were or how amazing the world was? Kids.

The scene where they walk through the metal detectors makes me grin like an idiot. From there until the end it’s just nonstop, everything is so spectacular and eye opening. The world becomes so much bigger.

5/5

 

“I know Kung Fu.”

John Wick (2014)

John Wick

John Wick (2014)

Director:

David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Michael Nyqvist

Alfie Allen

Plot:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Review:

I really wish there were more action movies like this one. It had some flaws but they were minor and they bothered me less than the flaws of other action movies.

Never go see an action movie for its story. I’ve said that before but it bears repeating. The plot was cliche but the conflict was created quickly and once it began we had few breaks in action.

The world that was created was actually really interesting and I’d like to see more of it. There was a hotel that was a sanctuary and no one could be attacked while there. People were paid in solid gold coins, and if you had bodies to dispose of you called in a dinner party. I thought it was fun.

I really liked how the movies was shot. There was no shaky cam, which is the bane of my existence. There weren’t too many quick cuts, and you saw the action that was going on. With all the hype and positive reviews for this movie I really hope more movies imitate how it was shot.

Action wise I could have done without the wrestling moves. Wallowing on the ground choking people is just not my thing. Other than that really liked it.

4.25/5

47 Ronin (2013)

47 Ronin

Director:

Carl Rinsch

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Hiroyuki Sanada

Ko Shibasaki

Plot:

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Review:

Wow, I’m not sure if I’ve ever watched such a boring movie. You’d think a movie about samurai out for revenge would be awesome, but nope. This movie could barely hold my attention and most of the time it didn’t.

First off it’s a movie about Japanese samurai and yet they all speak English. This movie should have been subtitled.

Second, it was just so damn boring. Oh my god, even the action scenes were dull.

All and all I would only recommend this movie if counting sheep isn’t getting you to sleep.

1/5