John Wick 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 franchise.
The story focuses on John Wick 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.
Chad Stahelski and David Leitch directed the film together, though only Stahelski was credited.
Stahelski and Leitch’s approach to fight scenes drew upon their admiration for anime and martial arts films. The film used fight choreographers and gun fu techniques from Hong Kong action cinema.
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.