John Wick: Chapter IV (2023) Review.


John Wick 4

John Wick 4: A Bloodbath of Epic Proportions

After three installments, Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick: Chapter 4 for a fourth bloodbath. Directed once again by Chad Stahelski, the film intelligently builds upon the foundations of the trilogy, raising the stakes even higher. More characters, more fights, more weapons, and more deaths.

This franchise blockbuster is sure to please genre fans. While it may not be an art-house film, it is still impressive, spectacular cinema with stunning direction. The non-stop fight scenes throughout the nearly 3-hour film are choreographed like a dance. 

There are standout moments in this sea of violence, such as the long exchanges of gunfire amidst the traffic around the Arc de Triomphe, as well as the showdown in the middle of a grand ball. And let's not forget "Coquette," the killer dog who delivers an excellent performance in this violent display.

With an even more pronounced Japanese influence than in "Parabellum," the film effectively distributes the different countries in which Baba Yaga unleashes his fury.

With excellent directing ideas and a breakneck pace of 2 hours and 50 minutes, John Wick 4 is a powerful film made with love.

John Wick The Silent Killer: 

In "John Wick: Chapter 4", Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski have minimized the lines of dialogue for the ex-assassin character, who dislikes both harm to dogs and excessive talking. As a result, the character hardly speaks in the movie.

John Wick's focus on survival and revenge is evident in his lack of superfluous comments in film after film. The events follow each other directly, eliminating the need for character descriptions and exposition of the stakes. In fact, Keanu Reeves spoke much more in the first John Wick film than in Chapter 4. The Wall Street Journal notes that while the first film was 101 minutes long and had 484 words from Mr. Reeves, the fourth film is close to three hours with only 380 words from Wick, 10% of which are in the trailer. This makes Wick almost silent, with an average of 2.2 words per minute. His most elaborate sentence in Chapter 4 is when he addresses Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada), saying "You and I gave up a good life long ago, my friend."

During the scene where John Wick and the Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) establish the rules of their duel, 50% of Keanu Reeves' dialogues have been removed, leaving him with only answers like "guns" and "no quarter." If words are silver, silence is golden, and the shots are platinum.

Let the guns speak:

The story of John Wick revolves around hand-to-hand and gun fights, with occasional "Yeahs" dropped by the protagonist - the most popular former hitman of the 21st century. The character, portrayed by Keanu Reeves since the first John Wick film in 2014, is a man of few words. This is partly due to his nature, and partly because he has been very lonely since the death of his wife Helen, and hasn't had many opportunities to interact with people.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the hero created by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski doesn't speak much. Even in John Wick: Chapter 4, which has a record duration of 2 hours and 49 minutes, the number of words he utters can be counted on one hand... This is a crucial aspect of the character, which Keanu Reeves himself wanted to emphasize by requesting that his lines of dialogue be minimized to the bare essentials.

John Wick 4 : A Global Action Adventure with Keanu Reeves at the Helm

Keanu Reeves is perfect in this muscular action film, extremely well choreographed, which accentuates a discreet and savory comic side. Undoubtedly one of the best modern American action franchises.

The film "John Wick IV" always delivers grandiose panoramas and ultra-choreographed action sequences, all served by a solid cast.Here, John Wick must face the head of the High Table in a duel in order to regain his freedom, a quest full of complications.

Honoring the villains, the mafia boss is played by the very young Bill Skarsgård, playing the cunning and pretentious Marquis Vincent de Gramont. To incite the hero's hatred, he will even go as far as to have his last friends killed, in order to send a message to all those who would dare to defy him.

The film " John Wick IV" takes us to New York, Osaka, Berlin, and Paris, as subtly indicated by the Eiffel Tower on the film's poster. While the film adopts the codes of spy movies, it delivers action scenes that are still as stunning, in iconic settings.

To make it more realistic, Keanu Reeves insisted on showing his character physically suffering, we see him trembling in his legs, exhausted, blown away, and exhausted after his long fight sequences. I like the idea of loyalty and honor among criminal fraternities, which gives context to the whole story.

The film "John Wick IV" is supported by a cast that is still as competent: we find the wise Japanese, Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld), with obligatory sword fighting on the program.We find the charismatic Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) as the tough Belarusian mafia godmother.

More surprisingly, actor Shamier Anderson (Invasion) plays an ambivalent hitman who does not have a bad background despite his thirst for money.In the roles of old bruisers known to all, the venerable actor Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow - 2013) plays the arbiter of the final duel.The revelation of the film remains the role of Killa, a very corpulent German mad gangster, reminiscent of Batman's Penguin, played by Englishman Scott Adkins.

John Wick IV : Parabellum - A New Benchmark for Action Movies

Surely the best film of the John Wick saga, it is bound to become the new benchmark for action movies. It unleashes non-stop action for almost 2 and a half hours, but it has something more than the others: a mastery of choreography and staging that make the film epic and exhilarating to watch. The plot is formulaic, but you come out of it dazed by the fury you've just seen. It's a film to savor in the cinema, a film to savor in the cinema.

A fun and unpretentious film that never has a dull moment, paying homage to American gangster movies, Chinese and Japanese martial arts films, with international class and incredible prestige.