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  • During the fight against the crew in John's house, John kills four mooks, then jumps down and kills a fifth. A sixth mook then comes in from a hallway behind John. John runs past the guy, *crossing his line of fire* before shooting him. Why doesn't the mook pull the trigger?
    • He was probably out of ammo. Or just panicked.
      • The mook shouldn't have been out of ammo; he wouldn't have fired any shots yet. He might just have been too slow. He would have needed a moment to make sure he wasn't firing on one of his fellow assassins, and John was wearing clothing roughly similar to theirs. John, on the other hand, has no such limitation, since he has no allies in the house. Maybe he was counting on that - although it still seems like a hell of a risk to run for no perceptible reason.
      • It's pointed out on the main page that Wick is still pretty off his game at that point. Compare to the Red Circle fight.
      • The mook was turning a corner into a new room. Most likely he was still trying to take in the situation but John moved too fast. Not to mention if you look closely, the mook's flashlight was reflecting off something in the hallway and John saw him coming long before he actually turned the corner.
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    • Also consider that the Mook might have been concerned about friendly fire and wanted to check his target. Whereas John knows that anyone moving was a target.
  • In general, why don't the assassins converge on John's location once they hear gunfire?
    • I assumed they were trying but John maneuvered too fast and had the advantage of knowing the house's geography better than them.
    • It's a common problem when a group is fighting an individual. The members of the group have to watch out for each other while the individual knows that EVERYONE else is a target. Combine that with an unfamiliar and dark house, and it is a significant advantage for John.
  • If you aren't allowed to try and murder people while inside the Continental, and John respects the rules, why didn't Iosef just rent a room and order room service while waiting for dad's mooks to kill Mr. Wick?
    • Did you notice how the only currency changing hands in the Continental is the gold coin? If Iosef doesn't have any of those, which are apparently a currency that is exclusive to Wick and his tier of professional killers, then he wouldn't be able to use the services of the hotel even if he knows of the hotel's existence.
      • When Viggo calls John, he pulls a book (ostensibly full of contact info for people like Wick) out of a safe, in which we see a bunch of coins just like the ones Wick has, so Iosef theoretically does have access. Presumably Viggo figured putting his kid in a building full of professional killers who weren't on his payroll was less safe than putting him in a building he owns where every guy with a gun works for him.
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    • The Continental may be exclusively for professional assassins, in which case Iosef would not qualify.
    • Considering who Winston is, it's likely he'd recognize this foul play and tell Iosef to take a hike.
    • Even if Iosef did qualify; you think he's smart enough to think of that? Heck, it'd be amazing if he even knew about the joint's mere existence, given his ignorance of who Wick is.
    • It's also entirely possible that Wick would break the rules to get at Iosef even if it meant his death, so getting a room there would really only serve to let him know where you're sleeping. Not only that, but he'd be denied bodyguards to minimize the chance of 'business' and most of the regulars know Wick well enough to either side with him or just stay out of his way.
    • The rule as stated is that no one may conduct business there. As in, contract killings. It is possible that a purely personal matter may be forgiven if management is agreeable.
      • Case in point: Winston bends his own rules twice to help John conclude his vendetta. Viggo likely didn't trust Iosef's safety there, instead preferring to drop him in a building packed with his own thugs.
      • This seems the most likely answer, everyone always says that it's against the rules to conduct business, but John's on a purely personal vendetta. He's not accepting money for it, he's not doing it as a favor for anyone, it's purely a one-on-one grudge and thus exempt from the usual rules. Besides, John clearly doesn't care that much if he lives or dies as long as he gets to extract his vengeance, and his old boss has probably picked up on that... John would probably have considered it a completely fair trade to get killed himself once he'd offed Iosef.
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    • Perhaps Winston refused to accommodate him for the same reason Aurelio refused to work on the car. He most certainly doesn't want to cross John or just have him shoot out his hotel.
    • This comes up as a plot point in the second film when Santino hides in the New York Continental hotel to escape John. It's extremely expensive to hide in a Continental hotel for a prolonged period, since you have to pay coins for everything you purchase and every night you stay. Santino has a ton of coins saved up so he can hide out there for a long period, but he's also extremely desperate. Viggo also has a lot of coins stored up but when they run out Iosef is no longer safe, and the moment he leaves John will be waiting for him to do so and will have his location and be ready to attack. Better to hide Iosef somewhere that John can't find him than rely on the temporary lodgings of the Continental.
    • Also unlike Santino, Viggo can't just wait it out with a pissed off Wick in New York, as he took down his criminal empire while looking for Iosef. Leaving his son there would just make Wick more vicious on Viggo and Iosef probably doesn't have coins of his own.
      • More importantly, there's nothing really keeping John from still killing Iosef in the Continental anyway, much like how he did with Santino in the second film. If Viggo put Iosef there, John wouldn't have given a damn about the rules and still kill him on Continental grounds, just as much as he did with Santino. John had nothing to lose in both films. The only thing that putting Iosef in the Continental would have done was just result in John being able to find him easier. Viggo putting his son at the Continental would have been putting him out in the open, even with the Continental rules in place. John would have still killed Iosef and staying in the Continental would have made him easier to find, rules be damned.
      • To make matter worse, Iosef unlike Santino has no self control, respect for others and extremely spoiled. During his stay at the Red Circle, he was treating his house arrest more like a vacation to Kuril's irritation. All it'd take would be a good looking female assassin to lure him to her room for sex and booze and he would have been dead of an overdose long before Wick got a chance to shoot him dead. Or a fight taken out that goes poorly for Iosef.
  • When John is in the bathhouse in the basement of the Red Circle, there's a moment when he has a straight shot at Iosef. They exchange a long look - it's a good five seconds. Nobody is standing near or behind Iosef in the shot so there is no danger of killing an innocent. Why doesn't John fire?
    • My theory is that he wanted Iosef to fully appreciate how frightening and hopeless his situation was before administering the kill.
      • This makes more sense when you consider this fact: John was frightened and helpless when Iosef and his goons attacked him, killed Daisy and then took his car. At that moment, when John had Iosef dead to rights in the basement of the Red Circle, he could have wanted to make sure that Iosef felt the exact same way before taking him out. This would also account why John proceeded to take everyone out at the warehouse before killing Iosef: not only was it for tactical purposes, he wanted Iosef to feel that fright and helplessness he felt before he finally killed him.
    • We see multiple people talking with John, telling him how they've never seen him this emotionally demonstrative or this vulnerable. He's emotionally involved in this hunt, and that, plus his multiple-year retirement seems to throw him off his game enough he didn't immediately pull the trigger. After that, I figure the guy he had pinned to the floor started struggling, by which time Iosef was already in motion.
    • During their last confrontation, John puts a bullet in Iosef's gut and strolls on over, after taking out the guards with sniper fire and explosives. John wants to make an impression before the end.
    • Actually, it wasn't so much that the guy on the ground was struggling, so much as John wanted to execute him without breaking eye contact with Iosef.
  • When John faces down Viggo after escaping from the church, why doesn't Viggo's driver just run John down? Instead he swerves to avoid him and ends up crashing. Did the driver just panic?
    • Yes. Alternatively, the driver may have noticed John's grenade-launcher and was trying to avoid its line of fire.
      • John didn't have a grenade launcher, he has a combat shotgun. Maybe the driver just panicked ... there seems to be a long list of moments in this movie where John wins because of surprise or unpreparedness on the part of his adversaries.
      • Or it could be that one of John's shots got through the windshield and hit the driver, causing him to lose control.
      • Reality Is Unrealistic. It's very easy to lose control of a fight you should, by any means, win no problem, simply because you weren't expecting something, like a gun, or a knife, or even just a guy lunging at you. And it can be somewhat difficult to get over the innate urge to swerve out of the way of hitting a pedestrian. So yeah, it's a little lucky, but fairly explainable, if not likely.
  • What happens to Avi after John's interrogation? He presumably isn't in the SUV or John would have killed him there.
    • Avi is killed when John crashes his car onto him sideways, driving his head through the window and probably shattering his entire skeleton. If you're referring to the Mook Lieutenant he interrogates in the Red Circle, he drowned during the interrogation.
      • The scene I'm referring to happens after John is captured and then escapes with Marcus's help, before John kills Iosef. Avi is present for John's interrogation and leaves with Viggo, but appears not to be in the SUV.
    • Presumably he's cowering in the back seat. John isn't being systematic; he would leave once he's got what he came for.
    • Or maybe he left in a different car on an errand for Viggo.
  • Why did no one recognize John's obvious American accent when he talked into the radio he stole off the dead guard?
    • Maybe the guard was also American?
    • Cheap radios?
    • In the time it would take the guards to think on and realize that the single word John spoke was wrong, John was already shooting at them.
  • How come Viggo hasn't told Iosef who John Wick is and why he should be left alone? Seriously, all Viggo had to do to prevent this was to tell Iosef: "John Wick is our former assassin, and an extremely capable one at that. He's out of the organization now, which he earned, and we're leaving him alone. He will not rat us out or do anything to harm us as long as we leave him alone or treat him with respect."
    • Best answer I can come up with is that Viggo just never considered to tell his son about John since he already left. No point talking about an ex-member. Besides, what were the chances that Iosef would run into the guy who made his dad's empire?
      • Exactly. John left more than five years previously, when Viggo was ostensibly still a little fish in the pond, and was known to be retired and out of the game. Not only would Viggo probably hesitate to dredge up what he thought was ancient history and refer to a time when his organization was weak (thus preventing Iosef from knowing anything about John), the sheer odds that the one guy Iosef would decide to mess with would be John Wick were so astronomical that Viggo actually mentioned it during that first one-sided phone call he had with John. Plus, even if Iosef did ever hear about this guy, would Viggo have a picture of him up on the wall with the caption "Run like Hell"? Even if he knew about John, Iosef wouldn't know what he looked like.
    • Iosef is the guy who stole a random guy's car on a whim, killed that man's dog for making noise, and after actually being told who Wick is decided to laugh it up at a night club. Even if Iosef were told in advance it's extremely unlikely he'd have bothered to learn/remember John's face or address. And even if he did he'd probably write him off as a washed up retiree.
    • Viggo might have mentioned it casually during some conversations, just never had an extensive conversation about him because he was just a former employee in the end, however good, and Iosef doesn't look like he actually had any role in the organization, he just enjoyed the perks of being Viggo's son. Also, they don't look like they have a very close relationship, so I also guess they don't really talk very much (Viggo's disappointed by his son at the very least).
      • Iosef may have had a minor role in his father's day to day business. When they stole the car, they apparently were heading back from some gang-related business in Atlantic City.
  • It seems they had a Russian consultant. Why are a lot of lines in Russian so disconnected from their subtitles? There were no reason for loose translations in those cases. Also: calling a badass assassin Baba Yaga - witch from a fairy tale - when there is a word "Booka" ("бука") which literally means Boogeyman. Were they going for a "wicked witch" stealth pun?
    • Viggo did say John wasn't actually the 'Boogeyman' but what you sent to kill it! Maybe Viggo felt that naming John after what he considered the scariest thing in Russian fairy tales was fitting.
    • I think there's also a bit of translation convention going on here as well; I'd assume most people in the west would be more familiar with the story of Baba Yaga than the actual Russian word for "boogeyman", and just smooshed the two together with an intended "scary mythic creature from legend which is going to fuck you good and proper" connotation. Iosef just translated it as "boogeyman" because translating it literally as "wicked witch" might have inserted an unintended note of bathos into what was clearly supposed to be a very ominous introduction to John Wick's actual Hidden Depths.
  • Since when do police respond so quickly to noise complaints?
    • While the above was probably meant as a joke, since the cop seems to know John personally and by reputation, it's entirely possible that, once he heard WHERE the ruckus was, he responded on the double to keep the whole thing from getting even worse.
    • It is more likely that it wasn't a cop. Rather, it was a security guard for a gated community. Hence his getting there so quickly and knowing Wick personally, as well as his "business".
    • It actually says "SHERIFF" in large letters on the side of his car, visible in the background. Jimmy very obviously knows who and what John is - he is clearly afraid of him, keeps his hand away from his weapon, and asks John if he is working again. When you get a "noise complaint" from the residence of a walking apocalypse, probably you step on it.
    • The assassin underworld uses extensive use of code words and euphemisms, i.e. "dinner guests" for dead bodies. "Noise complaint" is likely a code between law enforcement and the assassins for "we got reports of sounds of shooting here, everything on the level?" remember that the police and assassins have a truce of sorts; as long as the assassins keep everything in house and don't hurt normal people, the cops leave them alone. Jimmy knows who John is, and he got word of the shooting and rushed to check it to make sure everything's okay. Sure enough, the only guys who died are other suited murderers, so nothing to worry about.
  • I always question why Avi doesn't try to run off when he was the last henchmen left. I know it would be cowardly, but Avi was scared by that point, andd John is after Viggo, not Avi.
    • He probably didn't expect being spared; after all, John has killed every single mook up until that point, so Avi might've preferred to go down fighting rather than getting shot in the back.
  • So in Chapter 2, John shoots Santino at the Continental. Aside from the drama of John being excommunicado... why the hell didn't John just physically drag Santino out of the building and shoot him outside? Winston is clearly okay with a little Loophole Abuse and very much understands why John is as angry as he is, so this would seem to be the more obvious way to go.
    • If he dragged Santino outside to do the deed, it might have become purely a High Table matter, at which point John would have been marked for death twice over before the day was out. However, killing him in the Continental put him under Winston's jurisdiction, at which point Winston could give Wick an actual grace period as well as advanced warning for his precise consequences. In a sense, there was no real out for John in this situation, so it was a choice between putting himself to Winston's judgment or the High Table's.
    • Physically removing Santino from the hotel is just a slightly more complex way of killing him on Continental grounds, which is a massive no-no, even for someone as regarded as John. If you could get away with it by doing it in that manner, especially in a way that would be clearly visible to everyone else staying in the hotel, then whatever value the Continental's Sacred Hospitality once held is gone.
  • John keeps forgetting that he had a sidearm ! In the first movie,he spent a full minute fighting against one of Viggo's Elite Mook in the Red Circle before being thrown off to the first floor and realizing he had a pistol tucked behind his shirt. While in chapter two, he fought off like 5 thugs barehanded, and only resorts to his gun once the big guy comes, why ?
    • Best guess would be combat pragmatism, fight with what you have at the moment to the best of your ability.
    • Its very difficult to effectively draw a holstered weapon while getting pummeled all over with kicks & punches (particularly when the weapon is positioned behind the back)
    • Wick was there to get his car and nothing else... Hence why he made Abram a peace offering. When taking the less lethal approach of empty hands fighting proved insufficient to deal with the Giant Mook, Wick reverted back to his default Combat Pragmatist ways.
    • John didn't have time to draw his sidearm fighting in the Red Circle. In the intro to Chapter 2, he was largely using nonlethal force because he wanted to make peace with Viggo's brother. He only drew his gun when he had to and then only wounded the guy he was fighting.
  • At the beginning of the movie, when Viggo is telling Iosef exactly who he fucked with, Viggo makes it clear in no uncertain terms that John will seek revenge for the car and dog. However, how exactly does Viggo know what John's going to do? He didn't know the significance of the dog at this point in the movie; the first time he knew this, John told him during the interrogation. Viggo had reason to suspect John coming after his car, but no reason to think Iosef was the target.
    • Most pet owners consider their pets a part of their family, and while yes, Viggo doesn't understand why specifically the dog is important, for all he knew, John probably had the dog for a long time (at least four years) and cared a lot about it. When Viggo says that it was "just a dog" it can come across as him trying to tell/remind John that it wasn't a human that was killed.
    • Viggo worked with John for a very long time, enough to know his personality and how he'd react and what his wife meant to him. He knew how John would react because the two men knew each other extremely well. That's why his idea of trying to patch things up with Wick is by sending a 12-hitman squad to his house.
    • Killing someone's dog is a fairly personal attack, especially when you also steal one of their prized possessions. Viggo probably figured that John would take such an affront rather badly even if he didn't know the specific significance of those things.
  • If John Wick is supposed to be retired for "five and change" years, how the hell does everyone recognize his car the instant they lay eyes on it? Is it really the only completely original '69 Mustang rolling around in the area? And when John moved from New York to New Jersey for his retirement, he had to change the plates, removing this as an identifier even if anyone could remember them that long after learning they'd no longer see it around. This is, of course, assuming the second movie's implication that he got the car after retirement is incorrect.
    • The first film shows the Underworld is fairly closely connected; despite John retiring and moving away from NYC, several characters are aware of his wife's death and offer their condolences. Maybe they know about his car through the same grapevine.
    • Since Aurelio's shop is in easy bus-riding distance and they're on a first-name basis, and Aurelio says he'll fix up John's car in the second movie, it's almost certain that John took his car regularly to Aurelio's shop for work and repair.
    • 1969 Mustangs aren't super common; doubly so as John's is a distinctive grey 1969 Mach 1, which is even rarer than the standard Mustangs of that era.
    • Even more so, despite it not actually appearing so in the movie, Wick's Mustang is implied and mentioned to be a genuine 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, which would be one of only 859 ever built, of which fewer would exist today and of which even fewer would be in an original street car condition (as many were used for racing when they were new.)
  • How does Winston giving John a marker at the end of Chapter 2 work? If John is excommunicado, doesn't that mean that he is cut off from all Continental "services", including, presumably, having his markers honored? Or alternatively, if the markers still work, then can't John give Winston the marker and force him to lift the excommunicado status?
    • It's probably less of a technical marker and more of a promise. Winston cannot lift excommunicado - doing so just doesn't happen and would invalidate the Continental's Sacred Hospitality. The Marker is probably for a lesser favor, or even an excuse for another friend or Continental agent to shelter John if need be. "I'd kick him out, but he cashed in a marker, you know how it goes. Wink-wink."
    • I would assume that the Markers aren't a Continental thing. Just something the Continental was involved in. Winston specifically says at one point about having to ask the High Table, and the High Table wouldn't allow what he was asking. The High Table apparently has more control over Markers than the Continental. It was also pointed out that Markers must be paid under any circumstances. The High Table wouldn't cancel a marker asking to murder a member of the High Table.
    • Perhaps it's the marker Santino called in? Might help John explain to the High Table why he killed Santino, if anyone gives him the chance.
    • The marker could also be blank, so that John can buy some help if he can find a willing benefactor.
    • A third possibility is that it's a marker that Winston owed to Wick, and the reason for the grace period and lack of instant death.
    • I think we're perhaps overthinking this a little. Winston presumably cannot overrule the excommunicado, but he can grant John a simple favour out of personal regard. He's probably not supposed to, but dash it all, he likes and sympathises with the guy, so despite everything is willing to grant him some small assistance. Besides which, doing so puts John into Winston's personal debt which, given John's skills, could be a very useful thing indeed for Winston.
    • It has been revealed in the sequel that the marker was not Winston's. He was holding a marker for John that John would cash in. It was someone else's marker that owed John a favor.
    • You misunderstand, I think. The one Winston gave him, he holds onto. The one Wick cashes in, he grabs from the library.
  • Does anyone with hand-to-hand combat training know why Perkins bit the corner of her jacket collar when fighting John in the hotel room? I assume it's to prevent John getting a choke hold on her, but I've never seen it before.
    • As you can see from this clip, she uses that part of her jacket to choke John and held it in her teeth so that she'd have ready access once she got into an ideal position.
  • Speaking of Perkins - why even go to the meeting? The source of the phonecall is obvious and her breach of conditions is clear, surely she'd know they wouldn't just want to exchange kind words?
    • Face Death with Dignity, she can try running but she'll die, and we don't know yet how ruthless the Continental can be if you are excommunicated and have something they can use as leverage.
  • IMFDB doesn't state which pistols Perkins' executioners are using; probably because it's hard to identify in such a wide shot with dark lighting. But doesn't their arrangement (four corners of a square surrounding her) leave them vulnerable to shooting each other, through her head, unless they're using very low caliber ammunition?
    • Hollow point rounds are specifically designed to expend all of their energy inside the target. They're used to minimize the potential for over-penetration. It's highly stupid to stand opposite of someone who is shooting a gun at you, but hollow points are at least a plausible explanation for why they didn't end up piercing her body and killing each other.
    • Its a bad idea to do it in a perfect square, but if they're not standing at perfect 90-degree angles, they won't be in line of fire with each other. We don't see the exact angles at which the four killers are standing at.
  • Why would Viggo only put out a $2 million bounty on John Wick? Viggo offering Marcus that paltry sum to turn on John seems like such an insult. Was there any other outcome other than Marcus having John's back to expect from that? $2 million just seems like so little for seasoned veterans like John and Marcus.
    • If anything, it makes the later scene where Viggo kill him even more hypocritical for two reasons. First, he blames Marcus for not killing John despite knowing Marcus and John had a very close relationship. So he's blaming Marcus for the exact thing he's doing (i.e protecting someone close to him). Second, Viggo sold out Iosef to John so he could escape John's wrath, so by his vengeful logic he should first and foremost blame himself for his son's death. Marcus was at best a indirect accomplice.
    • What world do you live in where two million dollars is a paltry sum of money? Sure, these guys are relatively rich, but neither Marcus nor John live in mansions or have such lifestyles that indicate that they just brush off million-dollar contracts.
  • How did Iosef track John to his house? Now, I don't doubt that he could ask around to see if anyone knows the address of that guy who owns the highly visible and distinctive car... but surely anyone who knows that would tip Iosef off to who John is.

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