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John Wick (2014)

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An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

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A man called John Wick is grieving the loss of his beloved wife; Helen that has recently died of an illness. He goes to her funeral and receives the condolences from his old friend Marcus. At home, John receives a special delivery which is the last gift from his wife, an adorable puppy that becomes his pride and joy. One day, John goes to the gas station in his '69 Mustang and the Russian; Iosef Tarasov asks the price he wants for his car. John advises that the car is not for sale and returns home. During the night, Iosef, who is the son of the powerful Russian mobster Viggo, breaks into John's house with other gangsters and beat John, kill his precious dog, and steal his car. Iosef learns that John Wick was the unbeatable hit man who used to work for his father. Known as the guy you hire to kill the Boogy Man, Iosef soon realizes that he messed with the wrong person. Now, John Wick has lost everything he loved and wants the head of Iosef. Viggo decides to protect his son at any cost ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Don't Set Him Off!

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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24 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,150,000 (USA) (24 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,996,986 (USA) (9 January 2015)
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Keanu Reeves was sick with the flu during production. See more »

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In the scene in which John Wick is lying on the floor next to his dog, he places his hand on the dog and it is visually clear that the dog is either CGI or added in post production. See more »

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Harry: You've broken the rules. You've done business on Continental grounds, and management does not take kindly to that sort of behavior.
Ms. Perkins: Fuck management.
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Evil Man Blues
Written by Leonard Feather and Lionel Hampton
Performed by The Candy Shop Boys featuring Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Scott Tixier, Sophia Urista, Arthur Vint and Kenball Zwerin
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Some of you missed the point
24 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film was not intended to be The Godfather. Too often these days it seems audiences tend to judge all films according to the exact same set of standards, disregarding things like context, genre, style and intent. You simply have to take these things into account when considering the merits of a particular film. If you don't sort films out and judge them relative to similar films as opposed to all other films, you are essentially comparing apples and oranges.

Now, if you simply didn't enjoy the film that's understandable. But then, you probably don't enjoy any action films. Because that's all John Wick is: A pure, unapologetic, unadulterated action film. It doesn't pretend to be anything else, and it is exceptionally well made for what it is. It baffles me to see people complaining about violence in the film. What could they possibly have expected going into it? The King's Speech? I just don't get it. If you don't like action films that's fine, but don't go see one and then act outraged and disappointed when it delivers exactly what an action film promises to deliver and you knew ahead of time you didn't like.

Even worse are the nitpickers who whine about "realism" in the film. A film like this is not supposed to be realistic. It relishes in stylish escapism. That's the whole point. We all know someone as skilled and badass as John Wick couldn't exist in the real world, but the entire point of movies in the first place is to take us out of the real world. How boring would cinema be if every film showed nothing but what these nerds insist is the most "realistic" thing all the time? The best films often show exciting, extraordinary, imaginative things. I understand it can be jarring if a film is glaringly inconsistent within its own world's given set of rules, but it is absurd to complain that a film's world isn't perfectly consistent with the real world's rules.

All in all, John Wick was a visually interesting, competently crafted, and most importantly, entertaining film. All of my expectations for it going in were met or exceeded. Why? Because my expectations were appropriate for the type of film John Wick is. If yours are also, I can state with confidence you will also enjoy it.


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