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Review: John Wick: Chapter 4

As the price on his head increased. John Wick discovers a path to defeating The High Table, for he can be able to earn his freedom, but before he can do that Wick must face a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe that turn old friends into foes.

Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Ian McShane, Bill Skarsgard, Laurence Fishburn, Clancy Brown, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins, Rina Sawayama, and Shamier Anderson

John Wick: Chapter 4 is phenomenal. It’s difficult to continue a franchise like this, one that is so consistent and constant with its action it could become repetitive and boring. However, Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski deliver one of the best sequels in recent memory. It’s thrilling & the stunts blew the entire audience away with its complexity and rhythm. Each frame is so specific and never falls flat in its visuals, despite its runtime, helps the pacing in unimaginable ways.

While the action can be rather goofy at times, the nature of the story and the difficulty of the choreography sells it greatly. The entire cast delivered exciting performances & particularly Donnie Yen who’s presence throughout the film sent shivers down my spine.

Bill Skarsgard was also a great addition to the franchise as a fantastic villain, along with the return of the great Laurence Fishburne and Ian Mcshane. The cinematography and camerawork were easily the best in the series so far, full of neon & dynamic lighting and gorgeous sunsets.

Narratively it’s rather straightforward, but that’s all John Wick needs to be. The sound design is as slick as ever, complimented well by its terrific score. The sets are huge and the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been. John Wick Chapter 4 is easily one of the best movies of the year so far & it’ll be difficult to top this in action moving forward in the franchise. Mission Impossible & John Wick are some of the best running franchises today and they’re going to run the year for action. This was terrific.

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