Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Genre: Action Thriller
Country of Origin: USA, Canada, China 2014 101 mins.
Released by Warner Bros
'Empty shell cases litter the streets of New York in a relentless tongue-in-cheek, stylish and surreal ballet of violence.'
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) distraught at the sudden death of his wife receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy. All John has are his memories, Daisy and his 1969 Boss Mustang and sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), the only son of a former associate, Russian crime boss and sociopath Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), wants the car. With a no sale notice, Iosef and his henchmen break into Wick's house and steal it, beating him unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Silly, silly boy. This is John Wick, ruthless hit man, legend, fabled assassin extraordinaire and he wants his 1969 Boss Mustang back.
Bye bye the tranquil secluded life and reach for the tools of his trade - weaponry, gold coins and the iconic suit. It's an in-your-face, tongue-in-cheek mesmerisingly ridiculous and relentless quest for vengence of mythical proportions. Bodies battered and bruised and covered in ketchup litter New York. There's a great supporting cast. Charlie's (David Patrick Kelly) the 'cleaner', trilby set Sinatra style, face ashen like a stand-in for a zombie movie. The Hotel Continental, the hotel of choice, the perfect refuge from a professional killer's hard day at the office, reigned over by the enigmatic mystery man Winston (Ian McShane) and concierge Charon (Lance Reddick) who always knows what the client needs. Golden rule, no business on the premises. With Viggo running scared and sexy femme fatale assassin Ms Perkins (Adrianne Palicki) and John Wick's former colleague, Marcus (Willem Dafoe) taking up a contract on John Wick, it's non-stop go,go.