John Wick: Chapter 4 Movie Review – An exhilarating, thrilling action blockbuster

An exhilarating, thrilling action blockbuster

John Wick Chapter 4 isn’t just the best John Wick sequel, it’s also a fantastic action film in its own right. It’s easy to throw around a whole bunch of hyperbolic statements about how this is a masterpiece or a magnum opus for action films in recent years but honestly, John Wick Chapter 4 comes pretty close to living up to those huge words.

Chapter 4 continues the series’ great work with its narrative mythos, beginning with a chase in the desert and eventually ending with a tense and unforgettable stand-off between two characters. In between these two segments are a whole swathe of different action scenes, all the while stepping up the tension, suspense and creativity.

The story wastes no time picking up where we left off from Chapter 3. With the price on his head increasing, John Wick struggles to find a way out of his nightmare, constantly hunted by assassins. Eventually he turns his attention to the High Table itself, seeking out the most powerful players in the underworld in order to find peace and escape.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when the Marquis is hot on his trail, acting as the face for the High Table, and desperate to take Wick down no matter what. Unfortunately, that also includes hiring two men to his cause – one (Caine) doing so to protect his family, and the other (Mr Nobody) doing so to score a big payday. With two deadly assassins and a host of goons in between, is this one fight too many for John Wick?

To give away all the little tidbits, twists and turns along the way would be a disservice to this film but suffice to say that earlier point about creativity absolutely deserves to be highlighted here. The camera work, cinematography, stunt coordination and storytelling all synergize to create what feels like a new standard for how action is shot.

There are a few scenes in recent years that stand out as the pinnacle of modern, creative action – the Daredevil hallway scene, the Atomic Blonde stairwell and Baby Driver’s opening to name a few – but John Wick Chapter 4 features several that usurp all of the above, making for an absolutely breathtaking experience.

There are some scenes that genuinely left me with goosebumps and shaking my head in disbelief. The fact that 2 hours 30 minutes into this film and Wick continues to deliver nail-biting action, taking place in a variety of interesting and unusual locales, speaks volumes about the amount of care and attention that’s gone into this.

The same can be said for the characters too, with the star-studded cast given an ample amount of time to grow and evolve. Caine gets some brilliant moments, as does Akira, while Bill Skarsgard is fantastic as the venomous Marquis.

Keanu Reeves is still the charismatic jewel that holds the franchise together, but this time around, perhaps more so than the sequels, there’s far more emotional resonance that comes from the supporting characters too, and you really get a sense for where everyone’s allegiances are – and what they’re fighting for. As a result, none of the characters feel archetypal either, with clear and defined motivations laid out across the movie.

The sound design is also fantastic too. Tyler Bates delivers another pulsating score that works perfectly here, and if you’re not familiar with his work, he also composed The Punisher and Hobbs and Shaw, not to mention the other John Wick movies too. His perfect blend of electronica, rock and orchestral tracks works an absolute charm here.

John Wick Chapter 4 outshines the best the genre has released in recent years, and in doing so, sets a new bar for action movies. This is a proper blockbuster in every sense of the word, chock full of pulsating action, great characters and an enthralling story. If there’s one film you watch on the big screen this year, make it John Wick 4, you won’t be disappointed. This could well go down as one of the best action films ever made.

 

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