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Most Realistic Gun Scenes in Movies (And Some Ridiculous Ones)

4. John Wick

John Wick does suffer from the classic and unrealistic overpowered good guy syndrome.

Once you get past that you do get a movie full of gun goodness.

As an actor Keanu’s skill with a gun cannot be overlooked.  He looks confident with a gun in his hand.  His fundamentals are almost always flawless.  A nice high grip, his thumbs are forward, and his eyes are opened.

And if you haven’t check it out yet…his training with Taran Butler, one of the best 3-Gun competitors out there.

John Wick as a character is portrayed to be one of the best assassins in the world so you expect a high level of competence.

Reloading is frequently seen in the film, including both John Wick and the bad guys.  John also carried a small back up handgun that he transitions to when his primary runs dry.  This was a nice touch and kept the gun fight flowing in the night club.

John’s primary method of shooting is called center axis relock.

John Wick, House
John Wick, House

It is designed for close quarter’s combat.  John Wick does seem to find himself in bad breath distance with enemies regularly.

Center axis relock as a technique is on full presentation when John is attacked inside his home.  Keanu Reeves seems to be confident using the style and oozes contained aggression.  He never loses momentum and keeps up the attack.

Full scene goodness:


Another movie that portrays suppressors as creating a metallic pew noise with barely any other noise.  Also the gun karate gets a little silly in the house scene.

What we can learn:

  • Fortune favors the bold…be aggressive
  • Master reloading
  • Don’t mess John Wick’s dog