John Wick 2014

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Legendary hitman John Wick retired from his career as a contract killer to live a normal life with his wife Helen, and the two have lived happily for 5 years. John then loses Helen to a terminal illness, and is heartbroken. While struggling with his loss, he receives a beagle puppy named Daisy that Helen had arranged to send before she died, to help him cope with his grief. Despite John's stoic demeanor, he bonds with the puppy and they spend the day driving around in his vintage 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. At a gas station, he encounters a trio of Russian gangsters whose leader Iosef insists on buying his car, which John refuses to sell. That evening the gangsters break into John's home, knock him unconscious, kill Daisy, and steal his car.

Iosef takes the Mustang to a chop shop to have the VIN changed. Aurelio, the shop's owner, recognising the car and knowing who it was stolen from, punches Iosef and throws him out. Aurelio is visited by John, who identifies Iosef as the son of Viggo Tarasov, the head of the Russian crime syndicate in New York City. Aurelio relays Iosef's activities to Viggo, who beats and berates Iosef before explaining to him who John Wick is: a famed assassin, formerly in Viggo's employ, nicknamed "Baba Yaga". When John wanted to retire and marry Helen, Viggo gave him an "impossible task", implied to involve multiple high level assassinations in a short period of time. John succeeded, and his efforts were key in establishing the Tarasov syndicate. After warning Iosef of his impending doom, Viggo tries to talk John out of seeking retribution, but John refuses to talk. Viggo sends a team of hitmen to John's house, but John kills all of them and enlists an underworld cleaning service to dispose of the bodies and evidence.

Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Released: 2014-10-22

Runtime: 101 minutes

Genre: Action, Thriller

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters

Director: Suzanne Smith, Keanu Reeves, Dan Leigh, James McTeigue, Chad Stahelski




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