I will always remember my experience watching John Wick back in 2014. The film was released in cinemas without much hype. It came at a time where Keanu Reeves’ star power had dropped significantly after starring in crappy films like 47 Ronin, Man of Tai Chi and Generation Um. The directors — Chad Stahelski & David Leitch — were relative nobodies at the time, known mostly for their brilliant stunt work in the likes of The Matrix trilogy, V For Vendetta and The Expandables.
I walked into the cinema with absolutely no expectations whatsoever and walked out without my jaw as it had dropped to the ground 15 minutes into the movie and kicked about by my friend sitting beside me who was hopped up on so much adrenaline the film pumped into his body. John Wick set the Hollywood action movie bar so high in 2014, that the only people who have been able to reach it are the directors of the film themselves, who have now among the two of them helmed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and two other John Wick films, and the 75-year-old George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road). John Wick propelled Keanu Reeves into the mainstream again and smashed the door wide open for stunt coordinators to walk through and become helmers.
If you haven’t seen John Wick yet, now is the chance to do so. Lionsgate will be streaming the action-packed film for free on YouTube this Saturday at 9am (MYT). Their aim is to raise funds for furloughed movie theatre workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LIVE event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis.
John Wick synopsis:
Legendary assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) retired from his violent career after marrying the love of his life. Her sudden death leaves John in deep mourning. When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal John’s prized car and kill the puppy that was a last gift from his wife, John unleashes the remorseless killing machine within and seeks vengeance. Meanwhile, Iosef’s father (Michael Nyqvist) — John’s former colleague — puts a huge bounty on John’s head.