Review: John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick: Chapter 4 delivers on everything fans love about the franchise. There are bullets, bad guys, badass cars, and an adorable dog.  

Keanu Reeves  and director Chad Stahelski orchestrate one of the best action films made in recent years. It’s a high-powered action film that shows Mr. Wick at his best –  trotting across the globe and cutting through waves of assassins with the precision of  surgeon.  

The film picks up some time after the events of the pervious film. Wick (Keanu Reeves) kills the Elder and it sets everything in motion. The High Table is upset and puts a contract out on Wick and have sent Marquis (Bill Skarsgard) to finish the job. Marquis is also taking out anyone he believes is aiding Wick. With very few people he trusts, Wick leans on his old pals Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), Winston (Ian McShane), and Charon (Lance Reddick).  

Wick has been hiding at the Osaka Continental under the protection of his old friend Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his daughter Akira (Rina Sawayama). With the help of a blind hit man named Caine (Donnie Yen), the High Table sets its sights on the Osaka Continental. After all hell breaks loose, Wick makes his way across the world to face off with Marquis and put an end to his feud with the High Table.  

Chapter 4 introduces new and interesting characters. Akira, is played by the multitalented Rina Sawayama, is an intense fighter that can kill you in multiple ways with her bow and arrow. Shamier Anderson is known as The Tracker. He’s a bounty hunter that can track anyone – a skill that’s helpful for any assassin. Plus, he has an adorable dog that attacks on command. Killa, played by Scott Adkins. Killa will remind audiences of Marvel’s Kingpin if he was German. Don’t let the size fool you, Killa is agile and a fighter worthy of Wick’s full attention.  

Finally, there is Donnie Yen as Caine. He’s blind and uses every tool he can to take down his opponents. Caine is a character that allows Yen to be funny, deadly serious, and incredibly badass. Fans of Donnie Yen will enjoy watching him slice and dice his way on his way to get Wick. 

With a runtime of nearly 3 hours, Chapter 4 is one adrenaline fueled action scene after another for  2 ½ hours. The action scene at the Osaka Continental  is incredible and sets the tone for the rest of the film. The best action sequence is a 20-minute fight that starts at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and ends at a church. It’s a breathtaking sequence that embodies what fans love about the franchise. One scene has to be seen to be described but I’ll leave you with two words – incendiary rounds. 

John Wick: Chapter 4 is one of the best action movies in recent years. What director Chad Stahelski does in this fourth installment is impressive. The characters and action still feel fresh and fun. After nearly 9 hours of previous Wick films, audiences will still be in awe of what they see on screen. I don’t know many John Wick films they’ll make, but I’ll be there. There’s no doubt about that.

Grade: A-