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John Wick: Revolutionizing Action Films

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FilmScopes thank the creators of the movie for revolutionizing action films for generations to come as it introduced gun-fu to films among so many other creative stuntwork that the films have come to be known for. 


The 2014 film John Wick has made a groundbreaking impact on the action film genre. Not only has it been widely praised by critics, but it has also developed an incredibly dedicated fan base. This piece will delve into how John Wick has transformed action movies and established new benchmarks for the genre. In doing so, it will examine the revolutionary aspects of John Wick that have led it to become a sensation among audiences worldwide.


The Rise of John Wick


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Keanu Reeves as John Wick


John Wick follows the story of an ex-assassin who seeks vengeance after his beloved puppy is killed by a gangster’s son. The movie’s plot, along with its action sequences, made it an instant hit among action film enthusiasts. The film’s success can be attributed to various factors, which we will explore below.


Keanu Reeves As John Wick


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John Wick


The lead role of John Wick is played by Keanu Reeves. Reeves’ portrayal of a retired hitman seeking revenge is intense, and he brings an authenticity to the character unmatched by any other actor. Reeves’ physical preparation for the role, including his firearms training, martial arts training, and stunt work, made the action sequences more realistic. Not to mention that in the latest film, John Wick: Chapter 4, the actor managed to still take the stunts further by bringing back some of the elements that made the first film so great, car stunts.


Did You Know This About John Wick: Chapter 4?


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Lance Reddick as Charon


  • Donnie Yen felt that his character’s first name, Shang or Chang, and mandarin collar-adorned attire were stereotypical aspects of Asian culture. Afterward, he and the filmmaker revised the character, who is now called Caine in the finished movie, and dons a suit as most assassins do.
  • For this movie, Scott Adkins wore prosthetics and a huge fat suit, and he had to put up with everything being wet and heavy while filming combat scenes.
  • Notably, Derek Kolstad, the franchise’s original scriptwriter and “creator,” did not contribute to this first installment of the series.
  • Lance Reddick (Charon) died shortly after the movie’s premiere. He is known to have taped parts for the Ballerina spin-off, so this is not expected to be his last appearance in the role.


The Action Sequences


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John Wick with nunchucks


John Wick‘s action sequences are some of the best in the genre. The fight scenes are choreographed to perfection, and the use of practical effects and stunts adds to the realism. The film’s director, Chad Stahelski, who was a stuntman himself, ensures that every sequence is executed flawlessly. The hand-to-hand combat scenes are awe-inspiring, and the use of Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and other martial arts techniques make the fight scenes more engaging.

All of what makes John Wick an action film is amped up to 11 in the latest installment as the stunts are crazier than ever before, the creativity behind each kill is still fresh and jarring and, it is a personal guarantee that the audience will never get bored of the film having too much action that fills its runtime.


The Worldbuilding


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Bowery King, John Wick, and Winston


The world of John Wick is complex and intriguing. The movie is set in a world where assassins have their own code of ethics and a different society. The film’s world-building sets it apart from other action films, and it has resulted in spin-off media like comic books, video games, and even an upcoming TV series.

The world-building only gets better and better with further installments in the franchise. With the fourth installment out now in cinemas, Keanu Reeves only speaks 380 words in the whole 169 minutes of the whole film. Wick’s dialogue is almost one-third single words, such as “Yeah.” As it turns out, it was Keanu Reeves’s decision to make cut the script of his character to such a short extent so as to focus more on the film and what it has to offer in terms of what kind of world the franchise created as it keeps enhancing the world of hitmen with each installment.


Rating from IMDB: 8.4/10

Rating from Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5/5


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