It looks like John Wick 4 is going to take the series to a whole new level.
Are we really talking about John Wick 4 already? Yes, and when John Wick: Chapter 2 released we were immediately discussing the possibilities we've since explored in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Keanu Reeves has emerged from the shadow of his Matrix legacy to carve one anew — out of bone. Chad Stahelski's ultra-violent, hyper-stylised franchise is raising the bar for action movies. In the wake of a third instalment, it's going to be hard for competitors to keep up.
Last year audiences were thrilled by the awe-inspiring craft of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and Parabellum has proven to be this year's antidote. General audiences have grown tired or routine action fare which fails to push the boundaries and bring anything new. Fortunately, both aforementioned franchises are as electrifying as ever. Reeves has never been better than he is here, gracing this film with a masterful, physical performance that simply cannot be underestimated.
Stahelski explored much more lore and mythology of the assassin world in Chapter 3, helping to build the world for forthcoming sequels. In the last act, it looked as though the boogeyman himself had finally fought his last fight. However, his indestructible, almost supernatural nature teased throughout the film taught us to be wiser; there's simply no killing John Wick. In the final moments, he's reacquainted with the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) after he's betrayed by the treacherous Winston (Ian McShane), and they're far from thrilled.
Mr. Wick is slumped on the floor soaked in blood, but we know he'll soon rise to do what he does best — seek revenge. The High Table still wants him dead, so he'll surely join forces with the Bowery King and his many allies to descend upon the reconsecrated Continental, taking on all of the forces of the High Table. For John though, the clear aim for Chapter 4 will be to terminate Winston, the dear friend he sacrificed his freedom to save in Chapter 3.
It's speculation, but it's pretty fair to predict that this will provide the bare-bones narrative for the sequel. We can surely expect new characters to join the mix, but it would be shocking if Halle Berry's Sofia didn't also return. As tends to be the case, the plot won't exactly be the selling point of the next instalment; that would be the unparalleled action sequences and set pieces.
Admittedly, it's hard to imagine them topping their recent achievement, but considering just how unstoppable Reeves and Stahelski's partnership is, we're confident that John Wick 4 will blow us away.
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