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Chapter 4 Post-credits scene of John Wick gets the action rolling

Chapter 4 Post-credits scene of John Wick gets the action rolling
Credit: Keanu Reeves in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Lionsgate
Chapter 4 Post-credits scene of John Wick gets the action rolling

John Wick: Chapter 4 (stylized as JW4) is a 2023 American neoclassical action horror film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. The sequel to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and the 4th episode in the John Wick film series, it stars Keanu Reeves as the title character, along with a supporting cast that includes Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick (in one of his last roles), Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Ian McShane.

Development of a 4th John Wick movie has been confirmed prior to the release of the previous episode; it was officially announced by Lionsgate in May 2019, which also confirms Reeves’ return. It is the first film in the series not to be written by franchise creator Derek Kolstad, with Hatten hired in May 2020, followed by Finch in March 2021. Principal photography took place from June 2021 to October, with filming locations such as France, Germany, New York, and Japan.

Originally slated for release on May 21, 2021, John Wick: Chapter 4 was initially delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film had its premiere at London’s Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on March 6, 2023, and is scheduled for a US release on March 24 via Lionsgate. It has received positive reviews from critics.

The plot of Chapter 4: John Wick

In New York, John Wick prepares to exact revenge on the High Table while hiding underground with the Bowery King. He went to Morocco and killed the Elder, the only individual on the High Table. Because of this, Winston Scott, the manager of the New York Continental Hotel, and his servant Charon are summoned to meet the Marquis Vincent de Gramont, a prominent member of the High Table, who berates Winston for didn’t kill John.

To punish Winston, De Gramont removed him from his stewardship duties, destroyed the Continent, and killed Charon. He then goes to Paris and asks Caine, a retired blind hitman and old friend of John, to kill him, threatening to kill Caine’s daughter. John takes refuge at the Osaka Continental, run by his friend Shimazu Koji. De Gramont’s assassins, led by his right-hand man Chidi, accompany Caine to kill John. Akira, the daughter of Koji and the hotel concierge orders the hotel to be evacuated and joins her father, John, and the hotel staff against the High Table assassins. Akira is injured, while Koji tells John how to escape. As they leave, John fights off another wave of assassins, followed by Caine.

They were interrupted by a stalker chasing John to sign a contract, referred to by de Gramont as “Mr. Nobody”, but he let John go after deciding the amount in the contract was not enough. Akira also escapes, but Koji is killed by Caine. John returns to New York and meets the avenger Winston at Charon’s grave. Winston suggests that John should challenge De Gramont to a duel, as victory would free him from his obligations to the Supreme Table. According to Table lore, John can only claim a duel on behalf of a crime family; Seeing that he had previously severed ties with Ruska Roma, [a] John went to their headquarters in Berlin to receive a new patch marking his entry into the alliance. His adopted sister Katia agrees to do so in exchange for killing Killa, a German master who murdered her father.

John finds and kills Killa in his nightclub. Katia then wore a Ruska Roma badge on John’s arm, allowing John to officially request a duel against de Gramont through Winston, who requested that the New York Continental be rebuilt along with the restoration. he. as manager as part of his duties if John wins. In Paris, John and de Gramont decided on the parameters of their duel, in a meeting chaired by Harbinger, the Table messenger. De Gramont appoints a reluctant Caine to fight in his stead. The contest must take place at sunrise the next day at the Sacred Heart; Harbinger informs John that he and Winston will be executed if he doesn’t show up in time. King Bowery arrives in Paris to give John a gun and a new ballistic suit.

De Gramont tries to keep John out of the duel by placing a $40 million contract on his head. John fights off assassins on his way to the Sacred Heart, including Mr. Nobody, but the latter group stops hunting John after saving Mr. Nobody from being killed by Chidi. Caine helps John find his way up the stairs of the Sacred Heart; Chidi almost kills John, but Mr. Nobody kills him first. John and Caine almost make it to the top in time to save Winston. Two-person pistol duel; Caine severely injured John in the first two innings. De Gramont demanded that John be personally executed in the final round, but John, who had not opened fire, shot de Gramont. Harbinger claimed he owed nothing to the Supreme Table, although John died peacefully from his wounds.

After Winston was reinstated as manager of the Continental, he and King Bowery attended John’s funeral, burying him next to his late wife Helen. Sometime later, Akira approaches Caine, seeking revenge for his father’s death.

Inflation takes many forms, including run-time bloat that can have serious consequences. So, the affordable 90 minutes of “John Wick” becomes 2 hours and 49 minutes in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” an epic that more or less showcases the stellar stunts the movie is famous for in the series. When stacked, extreme action is almost exhausting.

The film has more emotional resonance, but that’s more due to what happens off-screen than on-screen, with the sudden death of co-star Lance Reddick. Reddick has a small role, but his appearance is very neat. Additionally, the extra time, on the philanthropic side, is spent showcasing the mayhem as creatively as possible, with Keanu Reeves’ taciturn cop looking for a way out of his ties to the shadowy organization. haunted. called The High Table in the murder, as usual. Everyone, go to the scoffing chef who has put a huge bounty on his head.

The film raises the competition by casting Donnie Yen as Caine, an old friend, and associate of Buck, who is tasked with reluctantly bringing him in and equally skilled in murder, then destroying him. kill other people. Shamier Anderson also joins the fray as a mysterious mercenary, accompanied by his equally dangerous dog, whose motives are still as puzzling as Wick’s Kevlar suit. Director Chad Stahelski draws his humor from Caine’s reluctance and the outrageous nature of the carnage, prolonging the violent scenes as long as they reduce resistance. The film once again benefits from the quality of the actors in supporting roles, especially the world-weary Winston of Ian McShane, who, as always, seems to steal every scene he appears.

The problem is that with such a big picture and so many complex action sequences – including a lengthy battle in the busy streets of Paris – Buck can’t help but repeat the fighting moves. its signature (punch, shoot, repeat), until the effect, becomes more crippling than amusing.

The franchise alone has reached the “Chapter 4” stage which underscores the fairness attached to the name and Reeves’ relationship to this type of action-packed, muscular vehicle. It’s good that the stars don’t get a verbal answer.
At one point, Caine started the skirmish with Buck by saying “Let’s get this over with”, which was funny at the time.
However, by the time “Chapter 4” finally closed its pages, the line sounded a little more serious and literal than expected.

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