It had been a while since I last saw action vehicles with nonsense plots be released this close to each other. Soon "the Equalizer" will be coming out, which is a film about a old commando killing machine coming back to take care of some business.
In "John Wick" its an old hit-man killing machine who also comes back out of the fray to take care of some of his business for another reason. Meaning the reason doesn't matter, but the action and gun mayhem does.
Films like these used to be plentiful and some do end up being fun dumb action films. This though can only be accomplished if they don't take themselves too seriously and with both films it seems the opposite.
director: Chad Stahelski
starring: Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe and Ian McShane
release date: October 24, 2014 (U.S.), November 27, 2014 (Australia), January 22, 2014 (Germany)