John Wick: Chapter 4 had its world premiere on Monday night, and as a result, the largely rapturous first reactions to the film have begun to hit the internet.
According to critics, not only is John Wick: Chapter 4 perhaps the best film in the franchise but it’s also one of the greatest action movies ever made, period.
I was blown away by many of the action sequences in #JohnWickChapter4. This is definitely the biggest & most badass JOHN WICK movie yet w/ a runtime near 3 hours & an ending everyone will be talking about. No one does action like this – it’s on another level. Part 4 simply rules. pic.twitter.com/OWTkO3nuOt
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 7, 2023
I had reservations about John Wick: Chapter 4's nearly three hour runtime, but the movie earns it. It's an epic with smart pacing that never lets the action feel exhausting, and the set pieces are phenomenal. Great cast of series newcomers, but Donnie Yen is the MVP. #JohnWick4 pic.twitter.com/xyMbLXmXUM
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 6, 2023
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 is a stunning feat of action filmmaking. The ambitious stunts, cinematography, & sound have never been better. Keanu Reeves continues to push his body to the limit while Donnie Yen & Hiroyuki Sanada add real gravitas to the most epic film of the franchise yet pic.twitter.com/mSIOXWMWpR
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) March 7, 2023
Despite its nearly three-hour-long runtime, the film is apparently perfectly paced:
John Wick: Chapter 4 is one of the finest action movies ever. My jaw hit the floor at least six times. One section involving a Dragon's Breath shotgun is just action-movie goodness at its best. Donnie Yen steals the show. Easily the best in the series #JohnWick4 #JohnWickChapter4 pic.twitter.com/VBsZxC6bhu
— Hunter Bolding (@HunterBVideo) March 6, 2023
John Wick: Chapter 4 pushes the envelope in the action genre as we know it. The cast is STACKED and the fight scenes are dynamic! After 4 movies, you’d think there’d be some fatigue. This is not the case, you’ll just have to see it for yourself. #JohnWick4 pic.twitter.com/6LR6TxBkmT
— Felicia (@becomingfelicia) March 7, 2023
I watched #JohnWick4 in IMAX and I highly recommend you do the same!! The body count is more than the previous three installments combined. Keanu Reeves, as John Wick, once again does not hold back and is a force to be reckoned with. This film takes you around the world and… https://t.co/ZxJtjA1wT7 pic.twitter.com/hX0biejjY1
— Sean Tajipour (@Seantaj) March 7, 2023
John Wick: Chapter 4 marks Keanu Reeves’ fourth time in the role since the franchise began back in 2014l.
According to people who have seen the film, the film also includes a post-credit scene for the first time in the history of the franchise.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is absolutely HUGE. Yes, it's long, but its outrageously good set pieces more than make up for it. A slick, brutal and stylish action epic that sees Keanu Reeves push himself further than before, and with moments that'll have fans talking… #JohnWick4 pic.twitter.com/6zNg6c3KX5
— Ian Sandwell (@ian_sandwell) March 6, 2023
Chad Stahelski brings it to the next level with #JohnWick4! Mind blowing action sequences and the fantastic world building continues! Keanu kills it, but Donnie Yen is a scene stealer! pic.twitter.com/C93mDayHyY
— Caitlin Tyrrell (@caitlin_tyrrell) March 7, 2023
#JohnWickChapter4 is an intense throughout the entire film. Caine, (Donnie Yen) steals every scene he’s in and, as expected, the action in this film is next level. The film definitely left me wanting more. Lastly, there’s a post credit scene I recommend staying for. pic.twitter.com/QDSraJOPGz
— Joseph Deckelmeier (@Joelluminerdi) March 6, 2023
Here is the official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter 4, via Lionsgate:
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uncovers a path to defeating the High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.
In addition to Reeves, John Wick: Chapter 4 stars Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Ian McShane.
You can check out the full trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4, which hits theaters on March 24, below:
As for the first three films in the John Wick franchise, those are currently streaming over on Peacock. A fifth John Wick film is also set to release in the coming years, as is the Ana de Armas-starring spinoff Ballerina, which wrapped production back in 2022, putting it on track to release sometime next year.
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