“John Wick” opens Friday at Point, Eastgate and Star Cinema. R, 1:48, three stars out of four.
Why does “John Wick” work so well and “The Equalizer” didn’t? Both are action revenge films where a lone warrior sets out to correct a relatively minor injustice by wiping out an entire Eastern European-based mob. Both even have the requisite “walking away from an explosion” shot.
But while I found “The Equalizer” to be plodding and joyless, Chad Stahelski’s “John Wick” is a pure blast of R-rated fun for action movie fans. It has some of the most inventive, beautifully-staged action scenes I’ve seen a while, a sense of style, and even some moments of black humor.