Out of the game for years, universally feared hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves – The Matrix, Speed) is pulled back into the life he left after his beloved wife’s (Bridget Moynahan – from television’s Blue Bloods) death. This comes about after he receives a last gift from his wife – a beagle puppy. She has left him something to love while he grieves. A trip to the gas station leads to his car, a ’69 Mustang, getting the attention of the wrong guy – Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen – from television’s Game of Thrones), son of powerful Russian mobster, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Abduction). When Iosef and his henchmen kill John’s dog, steal his car and leave him beaten, it is game on and the name of the game is revenge.
Returning to the criminal underworld he once knew so well, John Wick checks into a criminal only hotel run by Winston (Ian McShane – Snow White and the Huntsman, Kung Fu Panda). While at the same time avoiding being killed by fellow assassin Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki – Legion, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and unwittingly helped by mentor Marcus (Willem Dafoe – The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Florida Project), he sets out to kill Iosef.
To avoid this happening, Viggo has offered a large bounty to anyone who can kill John Wick. The battle has begun and it will leave a trail of bodies and blood in its wake. It will go on until there is just one man left standing and you should bet on it being John Wick.
Starting off – Keanu Reeves is a terrible actor. That being said, he has had some good films. Those all involve him not really acting and not having many lines to say. Films like The Matrix series, Cosntantine, Scanner Darkly, and Speed worked because they relied on his believability as an action star and not as an actor. Sorry Keanu fans, but it is the truth. John Wick, a total surprise success, understands that and totally taps into it. To be honest, I cannot remember one line that he uttered during the film, but have committed to memory some of the fantastically choreographed fight scenes.
This is an action film, pure and simple. If you are not open to that then don’t waste your time. There is no real story here or acting. John Wick exists just to string together gun fight or hand to hand combat scenes. Yes, it is ridiculously over the top, but also so much fun. A combo of John Woo and film noir. Really the stuntmen and fight choreographers are the stars here.
-Audio Commentary by Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch
-Don’t F*#% with John Wick
-Calling in the Cavalry
-Destiny of a Collective
-The Assassin’s Code
-The Red Circle