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John Wick [2014]

Director:Chad Stahelski
David Leitch
Writer:Derek Kolstad
Composer:Joel J. Richard
Tyler Bates
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

Reaction: This movie rightfully breathed new life into Keanu Reeves' career. It's intriguing, thrilling, and unique. It creates a culture within the underworld that, while highly implausible in this form, is rife with very intriguing storytelling.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Chad Stahelski => Director
David Leitch => Director
Derek Kolstad => Writer
Joel J. Richard => Composer
Tyler Bates => Composer
Eva Longoria => Producer
Adrianne Palicki => Ms. Perkins
Alfie Allen => Iosef Tarasov
Bridget Moynahan => Helen
Bridget Regan => Addy
Daniel Bernhardt => Kirill
David Patrick Kelly => Charlie
Dean Winters => Avi
Dennis Keiffer => Club Goon (uncredited)
Ian McShane => Winston
J.J. Perry => Bathroom Security (uncredited)
John Leguizamo => Aurelio
Keanu Reeves => John Wick
Kevin Nash => Francis
Lance Reddick => Hotel Manager / Charon
Michael Nyqvist => Viggo Tarasov
Omer Barnea => Gregori
Randall Duk Kim => Continental Doctor
Thomas Sadoski => Jimmy
Toby Leonard Moore => Victor (as Toby Moore)
Willem Dafoe => Marcus

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The Red Shirt Henchmen are an homage to [Star Trek (1966)].
  • Director Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves' stunt double in [The Matrix movies].
  • In the original script, the character of John Wick was written with "a man in his mid-sixties" to play the role, given the title character's fabled reputation, ergo, the filmmakers had initially imagined an older actor. However, head of Thunder Road Pictures, Basil Iwanyk, decided against this, stating, "Instead, we decided to look for someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world."
  • According to the directors' commentary, when they shot the top-level nightclub fight sequence, Keanu Reeves had the flu, and was running a 104 Fahrenheit fever.
  • Keanu Reeves learned and memorized the nightclub fight sequence the day that the scene was filmed.
  • Bacon grease was placed on Keanu Reeves' face to attract his dog to jump on him when he wakes up in bed.
  • According to Keanu Reeves, he did ninety percent of his own stunts in the film.
  • 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).
  • Ian McShane replaced Jason Isaacs as Winston.
  • According to a directors' interview, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch re-used quite a few of the stunt men several times throughout the film. In order to make them look like different people, they would change their hair. So scenes of the guards and henchmen with long hair and beards were shot first, and the scenes with bald men were most likely shot last.
  • The film reunites Keanu Reeves, Daniel Bernhardt, and Randall Duk Kim, along with producers-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, all of whom were involved in [The Matrix Trilogy].
  • Chad Stahelski is the credited Director, and David Leitch is credited as a Producer. This due to DGA regulations allowing for only one director to be credited, unless unusual exceptions are made. No exception was granted in this case, even though the two produced and directed this film together as a team. Stahelski voluntarily took no producer credit.
  • Lance Reddick plays the Hotel Manager, whose name is Charon. In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman of Hades. you have to pay Charon for safe passage. Hence why Lance Reddick puts the gold coin in his pocket at the hotel. John in a sense is paying for safe passage.
  • The building facade used for the Continental sanctuary is the same one used in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) , stock exchange scene.
  • Michael Nyqvist cut his entire head open during a shooting of a scene with a stuntman, leaving his ear resting on his right shoulder. This resulted in eighty stitches. Some of the last scenes had to be re-done to hide Nyqvist's scar.