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John Wick: Chapter 4 (Film Review)

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The one thing we can always count on from a new film is that the kill count will rise and the scenes will get even bigger and crazier. And John Wick: Chapter 4 absolutely delivers on that promise.

If the $14 million bounty on John's head from Chapter 3 wasn't enough, this has risen to $20 million now, and John's gone global as he heads to Osaka to seek refuge. But before he can earn his way out, he's got just a few more people he needs to kill.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is a long film running just 11 minutes shy of three hours, but the runtime never drags. All this extended runtime means is ever longer action scenes, more worldbuilding and prolonged sequences of killing people.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is the most ballistic entry into the franchise as it somehow ups the action scenes from what's come before. Every single action scene in the film tops what's come before it and leaves your heart racing. If you thought climbing the 222 steps up to Sacre-Coeur or driving round the Arc de Triomphe was hard enough, try doing it with dozens of assassins coming after you. The franchise has reached a point where you don't question why no one ever dies when they get shot multiple times. You don't question why there are flashing neon lights or giant waterfalls in the background just because it all looks so amazing and so damn cool.

The John Wick franchise has consistently provided some of the best looking, and most beautiful action films out there and Chapter 4 once again takes this up a notch. The extended action scenes being shot with long takes and minimal cutting puts you right there in the action with John as John Wick: Chapter 4 features some of most creative and brilliantly shot action scenes in recent times including one particular praiseworthy aerial shot.

Once again, with each film in the franchise, the worldbuilding gets developed further as we learn more about the mysterious High Table and yet there's still so much we don't know about this secret underground world of assassins. With the amount of people trying to kill John it does make you wonder how ‘underground' this organisation is as it seems like the whole of Paris is coming after John at one point.

The new additions to the cast are all fantastic too. From Bill Skarsgård's powerful High Table member Marquis orchestrating the attack on Wick, to his blind right hand man Caine and a former friend of John, played by , , the manager of the Osaka Continental and an unrecognisable kung-fu expert in a fat suit. By casting highly skilled martial artists in these roles it elevates the action sequences making them a spectacle to behold.

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John Wick: Chapter 4 is unlike any action movie you've ever seen before purely because everything is bigger, bolder and bloodier in the latest outing. They've come up with even more outlandish new ways of killing people that's an absolute joy to watch. As well as the incredible action scenes, Chapter 4 is actually really funny too. It's aware of how ridiculous the kills are and the situation that John is in, and it's taken four films to get to this point, but it really leans into this even further, making this the funniest of the John Wick films.

John Wick: Chapter 4 dials everything up a notch for a heart-pounding ride that's the best John Wick yet and one of the greatest action movies of all time. The scale is bigger as John travels around the world, the kill count is higher, the action sequences are longer and are absolutely stunning to watch and it's so entertaining you never want it to end.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is in cinemas from March 24th.