John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

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John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023). John Wick: Chapter 4: Directed by Chad Stahelski. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou, Lance Reddick. John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

“That lasted 169 minutes? I had no idea. The time just flew right by.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChad Stahelski does not pull any punches (or engage the safety) at any time in this gun-fu epic. Combat scenes are not moments so much as they are entire acts. The amount of stunt choreography that everybody had to synchronize to was rather incredible, and they continue to find more ways to entertain us with kills, kill types, use of weapons, locations, teamwork, etc. I caught myself smiling for minutes on end several times while watching it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOf course though, as I said, they really lean into it. Iu0026#39;m sure this has been true of previous films as well, but it is very apparent that John Wick should virtually die in every scene that he is in. Whether it is how he is attacked or how they fail to attack him at the right times, he goes at every foe like the bear in The Revenant with full adrenaline and no signs of slowing down no matter what he is hit by. And again, I think if you look hard enough you will find enemies who have clear shots and choose not to take them because of plot armor, but you can forgive it enough if youu0026#39;re rewarded with a longer take or overall longer action sequence. What I really loved was how many of these scenes took place at night with dazzlingly lit environments all around, and the music in every scene kicks as much *** as what you see on screen. I had pondered over why John Wick doesnu0026#39;t have a video game yet, but if they ever make one I have decided Iu0026#39;d like one of those top-down shooter games (similar to The Hong Kong Massacre, and if not maybe like the GTA:SA MP rampage style).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI acknowledge this franchise for what it is now, but I still pine for some of the missing components that I donu0026#39;t know if itu0026#39;ll ever be able to bring back. After watching John Wick, fun as it was, I found myself interested in seeing a prequel when he was the Baba Yaga in his prime, taking missions rather than being hunted. Even still, at least in that movie he was absolutely feared. In Chapter 2, I still found him heavily respected, but it was in that movie that I realized there would probably be a repetitive formula to the narrative and movie/action structure (which still has yet to break). In Chapter 3, there only lived assassins and they would go after him without hesitation, which did is not how I felt the world breathed the first time around. They continue down this path in Chapter 4, while opening the universe more to different characters breeding their own kind of loyalty. They are all insanely fun to watch, and you see the cogwheels of the John Wick universe spinning with the future Continental television show and the Ballerina movie spinoff. Where they remain faulty though is even with the existence of civilians during fight scenes, they act as droning NPCu0026#39;s like nothing is happening around them, or they arenu0026#39;t there whatsoever. It is clear that this is not our world that this movie takes place in, but rather a parallel one.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI mentioned the introduction of new characters in this world, and you canu0026#39;t not bring up Donnie Yen when talking about them. He steals each and every scene that he is in, and itu0026#39;s crazy because you wonder how a character like his could thrive in such a world but you absolutely believe it when you watch it. I will absolutely take more of him and Rina Sawayama. She isnu0026#39;t featured as much, but she makes use of every second that she is in front of the camera. There are plenty of others (such as the great Hiroyuki Sanada), but the point remains that Wick is relegated to this greater universe with characters who-good, bad, or for themselves-are ones we can actually root for in any fight. Keanu Reeves is understandably less nimble at his age than the others (and itu0026#39;s either bad acting or he really has taken on this John Wick role in his line delivery to hilarious new heights), but he and Stahelski have found a groove that still makes him the most impenetrable force around, to the point that I go back and watch the action scenes in The Matrix Resurrections and wonder what happened there. I didnu0026#39;t love one particular character in their big fighting moment(s), but they go for versatility and I have to give them that much.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMarch has had an incredible run of theatrical films, and John Wick: Chapter 4 is no different. You will lean forward during the action which there is plenty, and if Iu0026#39;m one to go off of you will not feel the runtime. There is an end credits scene as well if youu0026#39;re able to stay for a moment longer. I would love to go back and see this one again.”


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