Keanu Reeves stars in the title role as a widowed, retired assassin who sets out to get revenge on those who’ve stolen his car and killed the dog left to him by his wife. The story is as simple as they come – a narrative stripped to the bone with exciting, visceral action scenes that are genuinely thrilling. However, the fact that Wick is an instrument of catharsis for us, a character who’s able to put things right in a world gone mad, makes the film resonate. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 101 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
From last week:
The Book of Life
This animated feature follows the adventures of a young man named Manolo (voice by Diego Luna) who is forced to travel through three fantastic worlds in order to prove his love to Maria (Zoe Saldana). Vibrant and romantic, the film is a visual delight suffused with lively colors and imaginatively rendered characters, all of whom we can sympathize with at one point or another. Lively and smart, this is a perfect family movie. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 95 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
Chuck’s Classic Pick:
John Carpenter’s classic slasher movie has been oft imitated but rarely equaled. Psychotic killer Michael Myers has escaped the facility where he’s been institutionalized for 15 years and heads back to his hometown in order to complete some unfinished business with his sister, Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis). Brimming with atmosphere and propelled by Carpenter’s driving score, the film is a brilliant example of cinematic economy as the story moves relentlessly towards its gripping climax, with nary a spare moment in sight. Carpenter’s genius comes through in his editing, as much of the movie’s violence is suggested rather than shown and the gore factor is quite low for a film of this sort. Donald Pleasance’s manic performance as Dr. Loomis, Myers’ psychiatrist who’s in hot pursuit of his deadly charge, is a nice counterpart to the stoic killer who betrays little emotion, an unrelenting killing machine that may be the incarnation of evil itself. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 91 minutes. ART