‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ an intense thriller

Future of franchise up in air

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

“John Wick: Chapter 4” is an action-packed nail-biting movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. The movie contained some incredible scenes that showcased the truly dangerous side of John Wick and how far he is willing to go to be free of the High Table.

The movie started out showing John underground punching wood as the Bowery King, portrayed by Laurence Fishburne, enters the room lighting a fire asking John if he is ready to go after the High Table for his freedom. It started off right where the last installment ended and displayed intense fight scenes unique from other films in this franchise.

The storyline for the movie was simple, but the plot was very intriguing nonetheless. The one thing that always impresses fans is the fact that Keanu Reeves does his own stunts in the movies he stars in because the stunts in the John Wick franchise aren’t exactly safe for top actors to do themselves. They normally need stunt doubles, so they don’t risk getting injuries that would postpone the release of their films. 

Towards the end of the movie, Wick was headed to a church to have a one versus one duel against Caine, who was nominated to participate in the duel by the main villain The Marquis de Gramont, a fearsome member of the High Table portrayed by Bill Skarsgård. Skarsgård is famously known for his roles as Pennywise in “IT” and Kro in “Eternals.” 

On his way, there was a massive staircase needed to climb to reach the church and it was said it had over 200 steps. Marquis didn’t want Wick to reach the church, so he had sent his men to stop him from climbing the stairs, but it didn’t help as Wick had backup from Caine and Tracker to lead him to the church.

This movie ended on a major cliffhanger where the director and main actor were unsure whether another installment for the movie would be happening. 

When asked about this topic Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake said this to The Hollywood Reporter, “There’s a will and there’s an openness. And you could certainly interpret that ending in different ways. We’re all going to take a tiny rest here and then scratch at ideas about whether there’s a credible way to get into five. But there’s no guarantee.”

A fifth installment isn’t out of the question, but it’s not guaranteed it will actually happen. The movie displayed a really good ending for Wick, but Drake in that interview alluded to the possibility of a prequel for Wick before he got married to his late wife. There still is more story that could be shown, but it’s not confirmed whether or not it’ll happen. 

The major standout for the movie would be Keanu Reeves as John Wick but that’s too predictable. My under-the-radar choice is Shamier Anderson as Tracker because the character wanted more money to kill Wick and when he made a deal with The Marquis to get money for Wick’s whereabouts, the information on the deal changed where he needed to kill Wick for the money. Tracker’s decision changed after Wick shot The Marquis henchmen before he could kill Tracker’s dogs. It was a major character development that Anderson portrayed very well.

The film contained some epic fight scenes, and it displayed incredible choreography from the actors which heightened the intensity of the movie. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who isn’t queasy to blood or gunshots.