After three action-packed instalments, John Wick returns in Chapter 4, and I am pleased to say it does not disappoint. As a film critic, I found it to be nearly seamless with the execution in the hands of director Chad Stahelski and screenwriters Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. The film opens with John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, on a mission to obtain his freedom from the ‘High Table’. The audience is quickly transported into familiar and new places where he faces a new, powerful enemy, and his former alliances quickly turn into foes.
Director, Chad Stahelski, pays homage to Walter Hill’s 1979 movie, The Warriors, by featuring a radio DJ who plays exciting electronic dance music and provides tips for assassins to track down the titular character. In these scenes, the DJ’s presence adds to the film’s atmosphere and helps to create a unique, stylized world in which the conclusion of the story takes place. It’s a subtle nod to Hill’s classic film and a clever way to infuse the world of John Wick with a sense of history and continuity. If you like the John Wick franchise and haven’t yet seen The Warriors (1979), then definitely go and buy a copy or stream it.
In conclusion, John Wick: Chapter 4 is a great time at the cinema. The nerve-wracking scuffles among the assassins have returned to their violent glory, and the film is packed with great technical achievements and sequences that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The ongoing message throughout the franchise is that actions have consequences, and if this is Stahelski’s message to his viewers regarding the franchise’s longevity, then it’s a must-watch for anyone looking for a fantastic action-packed experience.
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Action packed with great technical achievements!
John Wick: Chapter 4 is packed with great technical achievements and sequences that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. A must-see for fans of the franchise.