John Wick (2014)

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

Film Introduction
"John Wick" is an American neo-noir action-thriller film released in 2014, directed by Chad Stahelski and produced by Basil Iwanyk and David Leitch. The movie features Keanu Reeves in the titular role, with supporting acts from Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. The story focuses on a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the killing of his Beagle young puppy, a posthumous gift from his departed spouse.

Plot Summary
John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a retired assassin, lives a tranquil life following the death of his better half, Helen (Bridget Moynahan). Before she passed away, Helen scheduled a Beagle pup called Daisy to be delivered to John to help him handle her loss.

The tranquillity of Wick's life is disrupted when he comes across Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) at a filling station. Iosef, drawn in by Wick's vintage Mustang automobile, offers to purchase it but is rebuffed by John. Disturbed by the rejection, Iosef and his gang break into John's home that night, beat him unconscious, steal his car, and eliminate Daisy.

Upon discovering that Iosef is the child of his previous company, a Russian crime lord called Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), John chooses to remove Iosef to avenge Daisy's death. Fearing this, Viggo initially attempts to discourage John but when it fails, Viggo puts a $2 million bounty on John and sends a team of assassins to kill him. Nevertheless, geared up with amazing abilities from his previous life, John eliminates each of them.

Challenging Viggo
John non-stop pursues Iosef and eventually eliminates him. Angered by his child's death, Viggo kidnaps John's pal and mentor, Marcus (Willem Dafoe). In the last showdown, John rescues Marcus and utilizes him as leverage to tempt out Viggo. In the occurring physical confrontation, John manage to eliminate Viggo, therefore avenging Daisy and his breached peace.

John returns home, injured however triumphant. In spite of the intense physical experience, he is seen to have conserved another dog from a veterinary center. The motion picture ends with John strolling off into the range with the new pet dog, hinting at the possibility of his return to peace- a hope that remainder of the series later disrupts.

Ticket Office and Critical Reception
The film "John Wick" earned $86 million worldwide against a production budget of $20 million. The movie was admired for its stylish action sequences, visual style, and Keanu Reeves' efficiency. It has generated a successful franchise with four follows up & a prequel series. The movie holds a high rating on platforms like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, indicating positive evaluations from critics and audience alike.

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