I f*cking loved John Wick when I finally saw it a few weeks ago. The movie has the most simple of setups and an even more simple (but relatable) piece of motivation for all of the carnage, but that’s part of its genius. The film also builds an impressive underworld with its own set of rules, social stratification and visual aesthetic and it relays all of this information with impressive economy. However, it goes without saying that one of the true highlights of the film is all of the mayhem, stunts and plain old “getting shot in the face” that happens here. That wouldn’t have been possible without 87Eleven, a veteran stunt and second unit directing outfit run by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (their credits include The Matrix Trilogy and many, many other films).
Stahelski and Leitch also make their full-on directorial debut with John Wick, handling both the first and second units and making all of the creative calls on the film. Last week they had me down to their studio (along with a few other journalists) and taught me a thing or two about gunplay. Hit the jump to check it out. John Wick stars Keanu Reeves Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist. It hits theaters on October 24th.