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John Wick

  • Drama
  • 2014
  • David Leitch
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

The dying wife of a retired assassin leaves him a puppy, in the hope that having something to love will stop him returning to a life of violence when she is gone. When the son of a Russian gangster steals his car and kills the dog, the hitman is provoked into a murderous rage and slaughters his way through the underworld in search of revenge. Action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In this lean, propulsive, action-packed revenge tale, Keanu Reeves is reliably stoic as a formidable former hitman who is compelled to return to his old ways when a trio of Russian lowlifes break into his house and kill the adorable puppy left to him by his recently deceased wife. The body count escalates as the film moves from one bruising set piece to another, each of which is impressively choreographed and captured with a refreshing sense of clarity. There may not be much in the way of depth or complexity to this franchise opener, but the world of international assassins is nicely realised and the violence is offset by some well-timed humour.

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Credits

Cast

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John WickKeanu Reeves
Viggo TarasovMichael Nyqvist
Iosef TarasovAlfie Allen
Ms PerkinsAdrianne Palicki
HelenBridget Moynahan
AviDean Winters
VictorToby Leonard Moore
WinstonIan McShane
AurelioJohn Leguizamo
MarcusWillem Dafoe
AddyBridget Regan
Hotel manager / CharonLance Reddick
CharlieDavid Patrick Kelly
Continental doctorRandall Duk Kim
HarryClarke Peters

Crew

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DirectorDavid Leitch
DirectorChad Stahelski

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2015-04-10
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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