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John Wick (2014)

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An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

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A man called John Wick is grieving the loss of his beloved wife; Helen that has recently died of an illness. He goes to her funeral and receives the condolences from his old friend Marcus. At home, John receives a special delivery which is the last gift from his wife, an adorable puppy that becomes his pride and joy. One day, John goes to the gas station in his '69 Mustang and the Russian; Iosef Tarasov asks the price he wants for his car. John advises that the car is not for sale and returns home. During the night, Iosef, who is the son of the powerful Russian mobster Viggo, breaks into John's house with other gangsters and beat John, kill his precious dog, and steal his car. Iosef learns that John Wick was the unbeatable hit man who used to work for his father. Known as the guy you hire to kill the Boogy Man, Iosef soon realizes that he messed with the wrong person. Now, John Wick has lost everything he loved and wants the head of Iosef. Viggo decides to protect his son at any cost ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Don't Set Him Off!

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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24 October 2014 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,150,000 (USA) (24 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,996,986 (USA) (9 January 2015)
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Trivia

Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch were concerned about how the audience would react to all of the death within the film (especially the puppy). So when casting the character of Iosef Tarasov, they wanted someone who looked like a complete "prick". Consequently, they met Alfie Allen and thought he was perfect for the role (and also a very nice person). See more »

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Near the beginning of the film where John's wife collapses in his arms with the Manhattan bridge in the background, the camera appears to wobble just before the film cuts to the next scene. See more »

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Jimmy: Evenin', John.
John Wick: Evenin', Jimmy. Noise complaint?
Jimmy: Noise complaint.
[looks over John's shoulder, sees the dead body on the floor behind him]
Jimmy: You, uh, workin' again?
John Wick: No, I was just sortin' some stuff out.
Jimmy: Ah, well... I'll leave you be then. Good night, John.
John Wick: Good night, Jimmy.
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Yeah I'm Thinking He's Back
25 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keanu Reeve is John Wick. He's a deadly and unstoppable hit-man, and it shows. "John Wick" is short and to the point, but so much fun. At 1 hour and 36 minutes running time, there is never a dull moment in what may be one of the best action films of the year.

The film starts off quickly and never stops. It doesn't spend too much time on the backstory or development of Wick's life, yet it still succeeds so well in building up his character. Within the first 20 minutes, John Wick is called out of retirement when three robbers break into his home, steal his car, and kill his dog. Even before the action begins though, the film builds up so much suspense and gravity into who this "John Wick" is, resulting in a satisfying and exhilarating moment when his enemies realize he's back in the game.

While the plot may be simple and straightforward, it works sufficiently in setting up a situation where the rest of the greatness can happen - stylized and awesome fight sequences where John Wick goes through dozens and dozens of kills. Seeing this in digital IMAX really helped boost the mood of the film; the intense sound design and visuals, the slick fighting and choreography on screen. There's this one scene in the film where John Wick assaults his way through a club, and all those elements combined make it an absolutely incredible sequence to witness.

Besides John Wick and his fighting, the film does set up a very interesting world, thanks to all the other little details and characters it brings in. There is an organized system of those on the other side of the law, operating and exchanging "gold coins" while staying at bases such as "The Continental" hotel; this definitely allows room for sequels and spin-offs.

Still, Keanu Reeves is the star of the show, and this is the best I have seen him in quite awhile. Again, the story is straightforward and audiences know what emotional journey to expect, but Keanu displays a good amount of range in his portrayal of Wick that is still nice to see. Just like his character states, I'm thinking he's back. "John Wick" is an awesome and enjoyable action flick that I would recommend. RATING: [8/10]


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