John Wick DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist
John Wick

The Premise
When a widowed retired hit man's restored 1969 Ford Mustang is stolen and his adored dog is killed by a sadistic thug, the former hit man goes back into action for revenge. The skilled, ruthless hit man, a known legend in the criminal underworld, tracks down the young thug only to discover he is the son of a major crime boss, a former employer.

The Review
Not gonna say much about this other than I loved it. The reasons I loved it are along the lines of the action, perfect fit for Reeves and more action.

This is the film that suits Reeves perfectly as there's not too much talking, the emotions he has to share are kind of cold and hence it works for him and then of course he gets to kick some butt. According to Keanu Reeves, he did 90% of his own stunts in the film. When you consider how much training he did for The Matrix it is no wonder he is so good at this type of film.

The other thing that does lend itself to pointing you to this being a good film, is that the sequel has been green-lit already. John Wick is intended to be a trilogy franchise, so we may still see more of it...

The Verdict
Way better than the straight to DVD badge it wears. A great revenge/justice action film in the style of the old Charles Bronson films...

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 4th March 2015
Rating: R16 – Contains graphic violence and offensive language
Duration: 103 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Director: Chad Stahelski (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras

Keanu Reeves learned and memorized the nightclub fight sequence the day that the scene was filmed.

Director Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves' stunt double in The Matrix movies.

The security guard who waves Wick onto the airport runway is reading "Shibumi" by Rod Whitaker, a 1970s thriller, also about a retired master assassin dragged back into the game. The story Viggo tells about how Wick killed three men "with a pencil" references Shibumi where the protagonist, Nicholai Hel, kills his step-father with a pencil to prevent him being further tortured by Allied forces.

According to the directors' commentary, when they shot the top-level nightclub fight sequence Keanu Reeves had the flu and was running a 104° fever.

John Wick uses the central axis relock shooting style during gun battles

The Red Circle Bar is a clear allusion to one of the main influences for this film: Le Cercle Rouge (1970).

The Filmmakers took into account Keanu Reeves' Native Hawaiian ancestry for John Wick's tattoo. "Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat" (Fortune Favors the Bold) is the motto used by 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines based in Marine Corps base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Suggesting that John Wick was once a U.S. Marine in Hawaii.

The film reunites actors Keanu Reeves, Daniel Bernhardt, Randall Duk Kim along with producers-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, all of whom were involved in The Matrix Trilogy.