John Wick 4 – extreme action

John Wick 4 runs for a total of 169 minutes. The Keanu Reeves-led action franchise, which started as a straight-to-video title, has continued to expand with each subsequent installment.

As seen in several Liam Neeson films, and Keanu Reeves and co-star Fishburne's performances in the Matrix franchise, the "Gun-Fu" style is front and center in this film.

Audiences can expect to witness a plethora of hand-to-hand combat, albeit with a thin plotline, similar to the high-octane action of Jason Bourne or Mission Impossible without the international intrigue.

Nonetheless, the film showcases some stunning locations worldwide, including an extended sequence filmed in a dance club with Scott Adkins and the inclusion of the Nowhere to Run needle drop.

The action in John Wick 4 is as exhilarating as The Matrix and grounded in reality. The staging of the battles is masterfully executed, with one of the most impressive sequences featuring a Frogger-like battle in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.

However, the bad guys pursuing Wick are as poor at aiming as Storm Troopers in Star Wars and those who attempted to shoot Steven Seagal back in his prime.

The formula for the John Wick franchise is straightforward, with huge battles interspersed with conversations between characters who only have titles. In this latest film, audiences can expect a blend of Japanese and French cultures.

The cinematography in John Wick 4 is nothing short of breathtaking, and Bill Skarsgård delivers a compelling performance as a Bond villain.

Lastly, John Wick 4 also includes elements from the Scott Glenn-starring show, The Challenge, and the John Frankenheimer-directed movie, Ronin, from years ago.