Posts tagged ‘Martial Arts’

John Wick

Normally I would say “Wow!” here, but considering the star I think it’s more appropriate for me to say “Whoa!”

This is a fine example of how pure unmitigated vengeance can become a thing of beauty.

All cylinders are firing on target here.  Awesome cinematography, awesome stuntwork, great characterizations and a flashback format of storytelling that for once does not annoy me.  And like High Moon, I absolutely love how they did the subtitles for when the characters were speaking Russian.

My only complaint is that I have absolutely no memory of this film hitting the cinemas.  I wish I had known about it when it was first released last year, cuz I really would’ve loved to have seen it on the big screen.

 

The Raid 2: Berandal

Wow.  What an experience.

I’m not quite as shellshocked after this as I was after watching The Raid: Redemption, but this was still a beautifully brutal experience.

I do have to say that I think the original was better.  The Raid 2: Berandal was amazing, intense, and had some mind-boggling choreography – both for the fight scenes and the car chase – but the original The Raid: Redemption maintained a relatively consistent level of intensity/action/brutality throughout, whereas this film had more of a tendency to ebb and flow.  So in one respect I’m disappointed, but in another I’m still flabbergasted.  For example, please don’t ever explain how they did the shot where the camera is outside the car, goes in one broken window, goes all of the way through the car, and goes out another broken window IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLEEDIN’ CAR CHASE!

That’s a particular piece of filmmaking magick that I don’t ever want spoiled.