John Wick Changed Action Movies And You Barely Noticed

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Style, grace and elegance aren’t terms usually associated with modern American action movies. The genre is full of high-octane explosions, brutality, and bloodshed. But when it comes to the craft of filmmaking, they can often be unmemorable. John Wick changed all that. The Keanu Reeves-led revenge thriller is epically violent, but it’s elegant violence, captured in a way we don’t get to see too often. The character’s sharp suits and sharper shooting have left a huge mark on the action movie landscape, including in a few ways you might not yet have noticed. Here’s how John Wick rewrote the rules for modern action…

Low on ammo | 0:36

I know gun-fu | 1:31

The dance of doom | 2:18

Stylish shooters | 3:22

An underworld worth visiting | 4:03

Fight like Wick | 4:43

Checking in? | 5:58

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