Actor Keanu Reeves returns to the dark side in 'John Wick'

Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:16am EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Keanu Reeves travels to a murky underworld in the action thriller, "John Wick," playing a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs done to him by Russian mobsters.

The film, jam-packed with car chases, gun fights, mayhem and murder, is the directorial debut of Reeves' former stuntman Chad Stahelski and producer David Leitch.

As John Wick, Reeves single-handedly guns down enough mobsters to fill a small cemetery.

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is expected to earn an estimated $17 million during its opening weekend.

But positive reviews for the Lionsgate R-rated thriller with the feel of a graphic novel and plaudits for Reeves' performance, could boost its numbers against this week's other opener, the horror film "Ouija," predicted to rake in $28 million, according to

"When we meet John Wick, we don't know anything about him except that he is grieving for his ill wife, who passes," said the 50-year-old Reeves, best known for "The Matrix" trilogy.

"As the story unfolds we come to learn about the myth of this man as a killer."

Wick had retired from his life of crime five years earlier. But after the son of a Russian mobster and his cronies invade his home, steal the classic car he refused to sell, and kill the puppy given to him by his late wife, Wick becomes a hit man once again.   Continued...

Cast member Keanu Reeves poses at a special screening of "John Wick" in Los Angeles, California October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni