John Wick (film)

John Wick
John Wick TeaserPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChad Stahelski[a]
Produced by
Written byDerek Kolstad
Starring
Music by
CinematographyJonathan Sela
Edited byElísabet Ronalds
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • September 19, 2014 (2014-09-19) (Fantastic Fest)
  • October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Languages
  • English
  • Russian
Budget$20–30 million[3][4][5]
Box office$86 million[3]

John Wick (retroactively known as John Wick: Chapter 1) is a 2014 American neo-noir action-thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, in his directorial debut, and written by Derek Kolstad. It stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. It is the first installment in the John Wick film series.

The story focuses on John Wick (Reeves) searching for the men who broke into his home, stole his vintage car and killed his puppy, which was a last gift to him from his recently deceased wife.[6] Chad Stahelski and David Leitch directed the film together, though only Stahelski was credited.[1]

Kolstad had completed the screenplay in 2012 and further developed it for Thunder Road Pictures.[7] The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Leitch, Eva Longoria, and Michael Witherill. It marks Stahelski and Leitch's directorial debut as a team after multiple separate credits as second-unit directors and stunt coordinators. They previously worked with Reeves as stunt doubles on The Matrix trilogy.[8]

Stahelski and Leitch's approach to fight scenes drew upon their admiration for anime[9] and martial arts films.[10] The film used fight choreographers[11] and gun fu techniques[12] from Hong Kong action cinema.[13] The film also pays homage to works such as John Woo's The Killer, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samouraï,[14] John Boorman's Point Blank, and the Spaghetti Western films.[15]

The film was met with positive reviews, with critics labeling it as one of Reeves' best performances and one of the best action films of 2014. It grossed $86 million worldwide against a production budget of $20–30 million. Two sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, released in 2017 and May 2019 respectively, both met with comparable critical and commercial success, with another sequel, John Wick: Chapter 4, set for a May 2022 release and an untitled fifth film following that.

  1. ^ a b "John Wick' Filmmakers on How to Direct Action, DGA, Keanu Reeves' Advice, and More". The Film Stage. October 21, 2014. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "JOHN WICK (15)". British Board of Film Classification. November 12, 2014. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference BOM was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  5. ^ "Film Tax Credit – Quarterly Report" (PDF). Empire State Development. March 31, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 18, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "John Wick Review". Collider. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Scorn". Specscout. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "Keanu Reeves, 'John Wick' Directors on How Their 'Matrix' Past Helped With Assassin Film". The Hollywood Reporter. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "'JOHN WICK' SCREENING: How Keanu Reeves Enlisted His 'Matrix' Doubles To Direct". Zen For Zoey. October 30, 2014. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Stuntman Inc: The One-Stop School for Action-Movie Stars". Men's Journal. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Exclusive Video Interview With David Leitch And Chad Stahelski On John Wick". We Got This Covered. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "'John Wick': "Gun-fu" is taken to new heights in actioner about retired hitman seeking revenge". Orlando Weekly. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "John Wick: Cast Interview with Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch". Zedos Gang. October 23, 2014. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "How Sad Keanu got his groove back". Slate. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski Talk New Film 'John Wick'". The Source. October 13, 2014. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.


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