THE ABSTRACT – John Wick: Chapter 4 rises to the occasion… and then some.

Movie franchises have gradually evolved into a seemingly desperate attempt to generate revenue, often neglecting the quality of the films produced. It is not often that a franchise starts as a decent action flick and develops into a more intricate and exhilarating series. However, the John Wick franchise is an exception, with Rotten Tomatoes scores that improve with each sequel. John Wick: Chapter 4 has achieved the highest rating and opening box office weekend in the franchise thus far, and deservedly so.

Chad Stahelski directs John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Ian McShane, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laurence Fishburne, and Marko Zaror. In this fourth installment, the legendary John Wick is on the run from numerous assassins while confronting The High Table.

Initially, the individual who provided the review was not a dedicated fan of the franchise after watching the first three films. However, their opinion shifted after watching John Wick: Chapter 4. The film is a cinematic masterpiece that masterfully utilizes acting, stunt choreography, cinematography, score, sound editing, and pacing.

The final hour of the movie stands out as the best part, providing an unprecedented level of detail and precision. The viewer experiences intense anxiety and thrill throughout this portion of the film. A minimal dialogue approach is used, but the cinematography compensates with striking visuals.

One particularly memorable scene features an aerial view of an action sequence, reminiscent of a video game perspective. The film’s action is some of the finest ever seen, with inventive kills and nonstop excitement. Each action sequence surpasses the previous one, continually surprising the viewer.

The cinematography is flawless, with a stunning color scheme and breathtaking locations, enhanced by the production design and use of wide and medium shots. The cast, including McShane, Fishburne, Yen, Skarsgard, and Sanada, all possess a powerful on-screen presence, conveying a sense of gravitas without the need for words.

If John Wick: Chapter 4 doesn’t spark a conversation about recognizing stunt teams in major awards ceremonies, it is uncertain what will. The stunt performers take considerable risks, pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

In the end, John Wick: Chapter 4 is the strongest film in the franchise, boasting some of the best action sequences in film history. The rewatchability factor will undoubtedly encourage multiple viewings, and audiences will be forever changed after experiencing this cinematic triumph.

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IMAGE CREDITS: Lionsgate.


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