John Wick Review: Chapter 4 (2023)
The John Wick universe is entering a new chapter in film John Wick: Chapter 4after going through a long and winding road, starts from the movie John Wick in 2014 and almost a decade now, the fate and fate of John Wick is decided in this latest film. John Wick: Chapter 4 is the longest John Wick film with a duration of 169 minutes.
Where Chad Stahelski was once again trusted to occupy the director’s chair, previously Chad had held control of 3 previous John Wick films. Apart from being the film with the longest duration, this time John Wick has also been shot in many countries, such as France, Germany and Japan.
John Wick Review: Chapter 4 synopsis
After escaping from the brink of death, John Wick must once again face the cruel and dark destiny that awaits him. John Wick must deal with assassins sent by the High Table, the all-powerful organization in the world of crime with unlimited resources.
John Wick Review: Chapter 4 Movie Review
Old friends who become new foes
Continuing the last part of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, John is still on the run from the pursuit of the High Table, John continues to look for a way out that is expected and may later bring peace to himself. The High Table, the organization that controls crime worldwide summons the cruel and devious Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgard) as their newest representative. The Marquis increased John Wick’s bounty to over 20 million American dollars and hunted him all over the world.
It is a big gamble to restore honor to the High Table as John Wick has killed members of the High Table and he breaks another rule by doing so in the grounds of the Hotel Continental, a place considered safe for assassins the world over. Therefore, the High Table sent its best assassins, the Marquis asked for help from a legendary but very deadly blind killer named Caine (Donnie Yen).
Caine himself was an old friend of John Wick, and was commissioned by the Marquis de Gramont to kill John Wick, and in return he was free to live a quiet life with his daughter. Apart from Caine, the Marquis also had dozens of large men in blue-gray suits and elite High Table troops who had previously appeared in Continental New York. John must once again grapple with a new formidable opponent. Where is the Marquis himself, whose presence from the start is a formidable enemy for John to face because the endless resources from the High Table are available to him.
Seeking allies against the High Table
John doesn’t have many friends, but he still has loyal friends in several countries, therefore he travels to Japan to meet the manager of the Osaka branch of Hotel Continental, Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada) with his daughter, Akira (Rina Sawayama) and expects help from them. .
In Japan we also see the emergence of a new character Tracker, or in this film he is known as Mr. Nobody, whose tracking skills are unquestionable. This character is played very well by Shamier Anderson. Interestingly, he was traveling with a Belgian Malinois purebred dog, which is in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, also owned by Sofia Al-Azwar to accompany him when fighting with John Wick 3 in Morocco.
However, Mr. This very gray Nobody will certainly invite the audience’s questions, who exactly is he defending here, John Wick or the High Table? It can be answered after the film is almost finished.
In Chapter 4, we will also see the return of John Wick’s old allies, namely Winston Scott (Ian McShane), former head of the New York branch of the Hotel Continental, and Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), who continue to support John from the underground.
Once again, the plot revolves around the High Table which has complicated matters of continuing to run the underworld in secret through carefully laid out rules. John Wick’s revenge forces The High Table, to turn this into an open war and will be fierce as John realizes that even he cannot win this war alone with so many other factions involved.
The emergence of new opponents and new allies will end this film
Each John Wick film has added depth and understanding to the complex, shadowy killer world in which John Wick resides. While the John Wick films themselves have been going on for almost a decade. Starting with a small-scale revenge show featuring John Wick (Keanu Reeves) taking revenge because his dog was killed and his car stolen, both of which are relics of his late wife, has grown so much. For John Wick, not much time has passed since his wife died and it all brought him out of retirement. The world that John Wick finds himself in is getting bigger and more complicated.
Over the course of these three films, John Wick has to endure almost anything imaginable, seek revenge, pay blood debts and fight for his life after accepting an ex-communicado contract. Constantly on the run and being hunted, here John decided to get into an offensive position. This is when John goes after the High Table, he prepares himself and accepts the one-on-one challenge against their sadistic killer. In this sequel, now many new locations appear, new rules and also new characters to the John Wick universe. What really steals the attention in this film is when he is in Germany and has to fight Killa (Scott Adkins), Head of the High Table in Germany. Also present were Caine and Tracker.
Various genres merge into one
John Wick quickly moved between locations, from the action taking place in New York to Japan to Germany to France. Wherever John went, he would leave a trail of blood and corpses that kept piling up. The action features slick, elegant and complex choreography with synergy that combines a number of western-style actions with various firearms and eastern-style action complete with various sharp weapons, such as samurai, nunchaku and various martial arts that have not been seen in previous films. coupled with the emergence (again) of muscle car chase action and also the fight with many people that are extraordinarily tense in France, especially around the Arc de Triomphe and the stairs leading to the Sacre Coeur.
As usual, the depth of the colorful characters in the John Wick universe comes from supporting characters, such as Ian McShane once again appearing as Winston Scott, a mentor and father figure who accompanies John Wick. There is also the appearance of the brilliant Donnie Yen, Yen easily steals the show as Caine with his skill in fighting with knives and firearms.
John Wick: Chapter 4 indeed, it is not limited to the action genre, this film, which specifically belongs to the “one person army action” subgenre, can masterfully combine drama, comedy, through epic acts of revenge that people will always remember. Through all the bloodshed and destruction he has done, John Wick in his fourth film is finally able to find out what he is really fighting for and exactly when all of this will stop.
John Wick Review: Chapter 4 Conclusion
Anyone who comes to see a John Wick film especially is to see how it works. In John Wick: Chapter 4 at 169 minutes, the longest in the history of the franchise, the action is fast-paced, the drama is engaging and the one-on-one combat is pretty brutal. Keanu Reeves has once again succeeded in his fourth film, setting new standards in the world of cinema, particularly in the action genre.
This is how action films should be made without feeling bored when we watch them, because Chad Stahelski has managed to keep the tension of this film constant at the top. The character of John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, has never declined from the start, even in his fourth film this time, his performance is stunning, coupled with his athletic abilities in a long duration battle of an anti-hero character who is calm, cold and deadly. John Wick’s phenomenal action deserves to be remembered in this film as a loyal loyal friend to his fellow colleagues, as well as being a husband who is loved by his wife who is already up there.