John Wick 4 has set such a high standard for action films that I cannot fathom any other film, past or future, surpassing it! The narrative picks up right where it left off in Chapter 3 and serves only to set the stage for one elaborate fight or chase scene after another. There are enough action sequences in this film to cover five typical Hollywood action movies. Each of these scenes is meticulously choreographed and executed, with its own distinct subject, look, and feel. You will be “wowed” each time a new battle scene begins because it is unlike anything you have seen before. It’s no surprise that the film has a running time of nearly 3 hours because each action sequence requires a significant amount of time.
John Wick 4 is by far the best entry in the franchise, and it’s a shame that it appears to be the series’ final installment, as it concludes with a defined and suitable closure. This time, the film goes international with locations from Jordan’s deserts, to New York’s metropolitan concrete jungle, to the posh interiors of the Osaka Continental hotel, Berlin’s dazzling nightclub, and ultimately the picturesque sights of Paris for its concluding act. All of the action has been lovingly crafted with multiple levels of detail to offer us something unique. The locations serve as a colourful background to the fast-paced action in the foreground, which is supported by a pounding trance music interrupted only by gunfire and fighter grunts and groans. The battling out in a nightclub packed with indifferent dancers partying through the mayhem, a fight in the middle of the busy street surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, and the ponderous climb up the stairs to the Sacré Coeur with assailants every step of the way are among the many set pieces of action sequences. Each of these was exquisitely caught and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Keanu Reeves is perfect in the title character as usual. This time, he is backed by an impressive cast that includes the illustrious presences of Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Bill Skarsgard! Donnie Yen is fantastic as Caine, the blind assassin hired to murder John Wick. However, things become complicated because he and John were close companions and both are virtually invincible when it comes to fighting their enemies. We get to see some of the best choreographed fight scenes, both between them and separately. Chad Stehelski, the film’s director and a former stunt double for Keanu Reeves, shows the world what a formidable force he is in creating action movies by putting his background knowledge to use. John Wick 4 will be a difficult act for anyone to follow and will retain the honor of being regarded by many as quite possibly the best action movie ever made for some time.