John Wick: Chapter 4 is a highly anticipated American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. It is the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise.
The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Keanu Reeves as the title character, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, Clancy Brown and Ian McShane. In the movie, John Wick seeks revenge on the High Table and those who betrayed him.
The first film follows John relentless pursuit of the men who broke into his home, stole his vintage car, and killed his puppy, Daisy. This innocent animal was the last gift from his wife, Helen, who had recently passed away.Wick’s grief and anger are palpable as he sets out to avenge Daisy’s death. His skills as a former hitman are put to the test as he navigates the criminal underworld in search of those responsible.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
In 2015, principal photography began for a film that would tell the story of a man named Wick. Wick was forced to honor a debt from his past life and as a result, was sent to assassinate a target he had no desire to kill. Despite his reluctance, he carried out the task, only to later face betrayal at the hands of his sponsor.
The film follows the events of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which saw John on the run after being declared excommunicated by the High Table. Fans are eagerly anticipating the continuation of John’s story, as he navigates the dangerous world of assassins and seeks revenge against those who have wronged him.
The film faced delays in its release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for May 21, 2021, the film’s premiere was pushed back to March 6, 2023, when it was finally released at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London. Lionsgate released the film in the United States on March 24, to positive reviews from critics.
Despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic, John Wick: Chapter 4 has been a commercial success, grossing $250 million worldwide. The film’s positive reception from critics is a testament to its quality and the dedication of its cast and crew. Fans of the franchise can rest assured that the latest installment lives up to their expectations and delivers the thrilling action they have come to love from the John Wick series.
Following his actions in Morocco where he killed the Elder, the “one who sits above the Table”, John Wick hides underground with the Bowery King in New York City. As he prepares to take revenge against the High Table, which prompted the Marquis Vincent de Gramont, a member of the High Table, summons Winston, the manager of the New York Continental Hotel, and his concierge, Charon.
De Gramont removes Winston from his position as manager, declares him “excommunicado”, destroys the Continental, and kills Charon. In order to find John, De Gramont travels to Paris to meet with Caine. During their meeting, De Gramont threatens to kill Caine’s daughter if he does not comply with the task of killing John.
John seeks refuge at the Osaka Continental, a hotel owned by his friend Shimazu Koji. However, trouble ensues when De Gramont’s right-hand man Chidi, accompanied by High Table assassins and Caine, arrives to investigate the hotel. In a swift move, Shimazu’s daughter Akira, the hotel’s concierge, manages to evacuate the hotel just before the High Table “deconsecrates” it, sparking a chaotic brawl.
John is forced to fight through waves of armored assassins, and a tense showdown with Caine is interrupted by the arrival of a bounty hunter who goes by the name “Mr. Nobody”. After assessing the contract money for killing John to be insufficient, Mr. Nobody decides to aid John’s escape. However, Caine still manages to kill Shimazu, leaving Akira wounded and fleeing for her life.
In the end, John manages to survive the ordeal thanks to the help of his friend and the unexpected aid of Mr. Nobody.
After returning to New York, John is confronted by an angry Winston at Charon’s gravesite. Winston suggests that John challenge De Gramont to a duel, invoking a High Table custom, which would absolve him of any further duties to the organization if he emerged victorious. However, this was only possible if John put forth a crime family to request a duel on his behalf.
To achieve this, he journeys to the Berlin stronghold of the Ruska Roma criminal syndicate, with whom he had previously cut ties. There, his adoptive sister Katia agrees to his terms, but with one condition- that John kills Killa, a High Table member who murdered her father. Despite Killa’s attempt to ambush John at his nightclub, John neutralizes him, with the help of Caine and Mr. Nobody, and emerges victorious, thereby regaining his status.
To hinder John’s timely arrival for the duel, De Gramont places a massive $26 million bounty on him. Despite relentless attacks from a swarm of assassins en route to Sacré-Cœur, John perseveres. Even Mr. Nobody, who initially accepts a bounty hike to $40 million, proves no match for John’s prowess. In a moment of unexpected empathy, John prevents Chidi from harming Mr. Nobody’s cherished dog, causing the latter to call off the chase.
Caine and Mr. Nobody team up with John to fight off multiple assassins at a long staircase leading to Sacré-Cœur. Chidi is among the assassins who was killed by Mr. Nobody. After reaching the summit, John and Caine engage in a three-round duel, with both inflicting serious wounds on each other. In the third round, Caine severely wounds John, and De Gramont offers to administer the coup de grâce. However, John shoots and kills De Gramont before he can do so.
Caine and John are later granted their freedom from the High Table by The Harbinger. As a result, Winston is reinstated. However, John collapses on the staircase and reflects on his life and marriage before passing away from his injuries. Sometime later, Winston and the Bowery King say their goodbyes to John at his tombstone, which is located next to his late wife Helen’s.