John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film. The film stars Reeves as John Wick, a retired hitman.
John Wick (Keanu Reeves), who just lost his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) to an undisclosed illness, receives a gift from her posthumously in the form of a Beagle puppy named Daisy, along with a letter from her saying she arranged for him to have Daisy to help him cope with her demise. Initially indifferent to Daisy, he eventually connects to the puppy as they spend the day driving around in his vintage ’69 Mustang. At a gas station, he encounters a trio of Russian gang members, whose leader Iosef (Alfie Allen) insists on buying his car. John refuses to sell and greets Iosef’s snide remark in Russian with a retort in the same language before leaving. The three follow John to his home, break in at night, and attack John, who watches defenselessly as they kill Daisy before stealing his car.
Truly Keanu Reeves is not a talker but what he says with his body more than makes up for it. From the first scene to the last, he owns this film. John Wick, the consumate gentleman and assassin, thrills from the first taste to the last. He goes from vulnerability to vengeance seeking machine seemlesly. The universe and the characters are truly believable. I liked the fact that there was a history to wick and a tradition to his craft. If the rumors hold, we will see more of wick. I look forward to seeing more of this anime inspired, hong kong influenced, gun fu wielding action hero…