A film like “John Wick” displays what a true protagonist is. It displays a heroic suspenseful drama and makes us think about how cruel people can be. It also gives the impression to be careful who you antagonize.
“John Wick” is played by Keeanu Reeves. Wick is an ex-assassin who returns from retirement to pursue the New York gangsters who killed his dog. The dog was a parting gift from his wife Helen. She is believed to die of cancer in the beginning of the film.
Five years ago, Wick was an expert assassin often working for Viggo Tarasov, Russian mob boss. He then fell in love with Helen. Wick’s relationship with Helen made him decide to retire from being in the Russian mob. Due to her death of “cancer”, her parting gift was a beagle named Daisy
The gangsters meet Wick for the first time at a New York gas station. The gangsters are led by Iosef, Tarasaov’s son. They attempt to negotiate for Wick’s car. Wick laughs at their attempt and drives away. The same night, Iosef brought henchmen to Wick’s home where they broke in, beat Wick, stole his car and killed Daisy.
The next night a group of a dozen henchmen breaks in and attempts to kill Wick. They don’t succeed. The henchmen lost a gunfight with Wick. A police officer knocks on the door of Wick’s home after receiving a phone call from one of Wick’s neighbors. The police officer notices dead thugs lying across the living room floor. “You workin’ again?” the police officer asks. “No,” Wick replies, “I’m just sorting stuff out.” The police officer smiles and says, “O.K., John, Goodnight.”
Keanu Reeves is back in a leading role. At 50 years old, 20 years after his movie “Speed” which started his Hollywood career, more than a decade since his leading role in the Matrix Trilogy as Neo, it’s no surprise he’s not the star he once was. When it comes to getting offers from major studio films, Reeves says he’s no longer the one. “It sucks, but it’s just the way it is,” the actor told Indiewire.com in an interview.
Viggo is immediately notified that Wick is back from retirement. He is shocked that his son angered his “greatest hit-man”. “He’s the one who killed the “Boogeyman,” Viggo says. For his safety and the safety of his son, Viggo hires 2 assassins, a skilled sniper named Marcus and a skilled fighter named Perkins. They both don’t succeed. Marcus is caught by Viggo for helping Wick and is killed by Viggo. Perkins gets her mob card revoked after disobeying the “Cardinal” rule. She is killed by mob leaders in a shooting.
Halfway through the film, Viggo tells Wick, “By the way, your wife’s cancer? I gave it to her.” Wick gets his revenge on Iosef and his gang members after a gunfight at a high security hide out. Viggo fails to escape in his helicopter, he engages in a knife fight with Wick. Wick is the successor.
Given the circumstances, the film is much more than a story of a group of guys who kills someone’s dog. It is about the characterization of the protagonist Wick. The film is packed with extremely well-choreographed gun fights and fighting scenes throughout, leaving the film-goer in constant suspense. What can you expect when the film was directed by two veteran stuntmen, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski? They both have worked with Reeves in the past.
“”John Wick” is otherwise very efficient and will restore your faith in both Keanu Reeves and the genre,” said Brett Arnold of Business Insider.