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2014 Movie Review - John Wick

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Keanu Reeves as John Wick
. This movie is reminiscent of his best movies e.g. Speed and The Matrix but it still falls short being magnificent.
 
It's funny because I just posted a review of a movie made by The Matrix directors, the Wachowskis brothers.
 
The start of the movie shows an unassuming man who just lost his wife. After his wife's funeral, he is given a puppy, Daisy as a present from his deceased wife. He eventually grows to love the puppy.

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One day, he's asked to sell his '69 Mustang Mach 1 at a petrol station by a bunch of Russian thugs led by Iosef (Alfie Allen, from The Game of Thrones fame). John Wick refuses and on the night itself, he's attacked in his home by Iosef and his crew leaving John half dead, Daisy dead and his car stolen.

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Iosef sends John's car to a workshop operated by Aurelio (John Leguizamo) for modification. When Aurelio sees the car, he immediately rejects Iosef and wishes him well.

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When John wakes up, we slowly learn that he's not an ordinary man. He cleans himself up, buries Daisy and goes to a Aurelio's workshop where he knows all the stolen car goes.
 
He confronts Aurelio and is told that Iosef is the son of Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), his former mob employer. Aurelio also informs  Viggo about Iosef's misadventure and Iosef himself is hit by Viggo.

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John Wick turns out to be Viggo's best assassin who was allowed to retire after completing a final impossible task.
 
Viggo puts a $2 million bounty on John Wick to prevent him killing Iosef and first offers John's associate, Marcus (Willem Dafoe) who is also an assassin.
 
John goes to the Hotel Continental, where it turns out most assassins stay. He goes to the owner, Winston (Ian McShane) to locate Iosef. He's given the help required and promptly goes to kill everyone who stands in his way to reach Iosef.

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Safe to say, the pace of the movie never stops there when he encounters killers with his same skills and gets a lot of injuries in the end.
 
However, he still manages to get Iosef and eventually Viggo. In summary, don't mess with John Wick ...

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Watchability : 6 / 10 - lots of violence and not much on character development. Totally action oriented and less dialogue as befits a Keanu Reeves movie.
 
Cast :
Keanu Reeves     ...     John Wick
Michael Nyqvist     ...     Viggo Tarasov
Alfie Allen     ...     Iosef Tarasov
Willem Dafoe     ...     Marcus
Dean Winters     ...     Avi
Adrianne Palicki...     Ms. Perkins
Omer Barnea     ...     Gregori
Toby Leonard Moore...     Victor
Daniel Bernhardt...     Kirill
Bridget Moynahan...     Helen
John Leguizamo     ...     Aureilo
Ian McShane     ...     Winston
Bridget Regan     ...     Addy
Lance Reddick     ...     Hotel Manager / Charon
Keith Jardine     ...     Kuzma
 
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