You may not know the name John Wick yet, but you certainly won't forget it after seeing this solid, thrilling action film. It also proves that you can still make a great, original film with that most common of movie themes - revenge. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a quiet, unassuming man who recently lost his wife. Grieving over her loss, he receives a parting gift from her in the form of a puppy. But just four days after burying her, his mourning is rudely interrupted by Iosef (Alfie Allen) and his thugs, who break into his house, beat him up, steal his vintage car and kill his dog. Iosef has messed with the wrong man, something which his father Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) has to tell him with blunt force. That man is John Wick, a deadly former hitman who hung up his holster... but now he's back. He's on a roaring rampage of revenge against his former employer and his son. Wick will do whatever it takes to settle the score... John Wick is a furious blast of a film, revving along at 120km per hour without the slightest trace of fat in Derek Kolstad's screenplay. This is a lean, mean action film that means business. There's just no stopping Wick, who favours close-range headshots over talky scenes that aren't going to add anything to the story. He's a man of few words, but when he speaks it's with gravitas. Reeves is compelling here, reminding us how good he can be with the right role. Looking very sprightly for a 50-year-old, he executes the action scenes with careful precision (apparently he did 90% of his own stunts). Making his directorial debut, Chad Stahelski obviously paid attention on the set of The Matrix trilogy, as he was Reeves' stunt double (he's a familiar name for anyone who worked their way through the hours of DVD extras). He injects a kinetic sense of fun and danger into the action scenes, while also ensuring that they seem realistic and not Matrix-like. He also builds a mysterious cult-like world around that of assassins for hire - one with rules that can be bent or broken depending on who is involved. While it may not seem necessary, a sequel has already been greenlit. Let's hope that the sequel maintains the delicate balance between emotion, humour and barnstorming action that this first film has achieved so well. Go see. Now.