John Wick: Chapter 4 - Review
A Good Death Only Comes After a Good Life. 5 / 5
Directed by Chad Stahelski
With the price on his head ever increasing, John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table.
It's time to don your finest bulletproof suit as John Wick returns for its most relentless chapter yet. This instalment is every part as brutal, chaotic and thrilling as you’d expect - and then some.
Keanu returns in the titular role to continue the iconic formula that he and Chad Stahelski started almost a decade ago. Yes, the lore may have dramatically spiralled out of control since but the action and scale have continued to increase with each chapter, culminating in this explosive 3 hours of bullet and blade-filled mania.
John fights for his freedom from The High Table as he welcomes old and new acquaintances with Donnie Yen being a perfect stand-out addition to the cast as both a friend and foe and it was really touching to see Lance Reddick get a moment of appreciation from the packed crowd after his recent and sudden death.
The never ending action sequences that made this series so famous do not hold back, somehow continuing to outdo itself with some of the craziest fight choreography, stunt work and attention to detail to ever come from American cinema which deserves every ounce of high praise for the work that goes into it. In particular, there is a single shot sequence that left my jaw on the floor, unsure of how to process the craftmanship going into every frame. Just masterful.
Both exhausting and exhilarating, the lengthy runtime only increased my anticipation as you begin to wonder what other violent dangers are waiting around the corner. There are so many memorable sequences that cement this as one of the strongest and most confident action films in years. By far the strongest of the series and undoubtedly the easiest 5-stars I’ve given in a long time.