Directors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Writer: Derek Kolstad (screenplay)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Keanu Reeves picks up Clint Eastwood’s severe, steely style, as an ex-hitman who reeks revenge on a Russian gangster who stole his car and worse. This movie is more about style (cool locations and blasting music) than story (minimal, hackneyed dialogue). The body count is absurdly high, as Wick dispatches men with direct gunshots and occasional blows. Nothing about the film is especially original, but once the rampage begins, it’s a non-stop rampage of killing.
GAY ANGLE: Reeves should keep his shirt on.
Kill the Messenger
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Peter Landesman, Gary Webb (book)
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims
Jeremy Renner plays Gary Webb, the journalist who exposed the scandal that the CIA was selling drugs to finance the Contras in Nicaragua. It starts with his spunky, determined research, but when the paranoia kicks in, the pacing and energy deteriorate. Renner goes for the intensity, but the movie fails to support his force. The tired family subplot doesn’t add the intended warmth. While it’s mildly interesting, the writing and direction simply don’t deliver the drama.
GAY ANGLE: Renner’s as tough and masculine as ever.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.