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2010 - 2015, Action, Alternative Reality, Drama - Gangland

John Wick (2014)

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s Script Derek Kolstad
Director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willen Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Toby Leonard Moore, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane
Elevator Pitch A man has his house trashed, his dog killed and his car stolen by the son of a Russian mafia boss and his cohorts. But the victim turns out to be a retired super assassin, and he is angry. He breaks out his armoury and goes on the warpath but the mafia boss puts a price of $2 million on his head. Will he survive?
Content An almost continuous succession of set pieces involving fire-arms of all sorts including pistols, sniper rifles and a very unusual, but apparently real, shotgun. They take place in the assassin’s house, a nightclub a suburban location and, against the rules, in the assassin’s special hotel (and we find out later what happens to people who do that).
A View Curiously this was quite well liked by the critics, and more predictably by the general public. Apparently KR spent 4 months learning to be a fire-arms expert and 80 stunt men were involved. I have categorised it in “Alternative Reality” because it is one of those environments where law enforcement does not appear to exist. I preffer a bit of a plot and fewer casualties. You will know that there is now a sequel.

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