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John Wick: Chapter 4

Goood movie! It’s 2 hours and 50 minutes long, and it’s a movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a fighting movie.

The Matrix in 1999 brought us a certain film innovation called “bullet time.” It’s a technique where you position several cameras in a circle around the person that you are filming, and you splice all the recordings taken from those cameras into one contiguous clip to produce a 360 degree view of the action. Well, we all wondered when we would next get to see something along the same lines that would be just as fresh and new as “Bullet Time” was, in the current year of 2023, and here it is. Something neat.

A unique top down view of an action sequence, with John Wick taking out a floor full of bad guys with an incendiary shotgun. Does this remind you of isometric video games such as Path of Exile or Lost Ark?

The movie features 2 of my favorite actors, Donnie Yen and Hiroyuki Sanada. You might know Donnie Yen from films such as XXX: Return of Xander Cage, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And you might know Hiroyuki Sanada from films such as Mortal Kombat 2021, and The Wolverine. Lawrence Fishburn is in the film, as well as Lance Reddick. You know Lawrence Fishburn from the 3 Matrix films, and you know Lance Reddick from Oz, Lost, and Fringe. Ian McShane is here as well. Shamier Anderson is new, and Bill Skarsgard plays the role of the Marquis. There’s also a new actress named Rina Sawayama who I thought was kinda attractive.

The fighting sequences are a little bit slower than what I remember seeing from the first three films, but honestly no one is supposed to move with superhuman speeds, and so this gives the film a touch of realism.

Almost every single foe in this film does not go down with just one punch. It takes several punches, and hits, and stabs, gunshots, car collisions, axe to the face, and flaming shotguns. The movie respects your taste in films by making John’s foes hard to kill; and thus believable.

The only bad thing that I can say about this film is this:

About 4/5ths of the way through, this person shows up and starts spamming the movie with an unsultry nouveau couture drawl of a radio DJ, whose face we don’t even get to see. I like seeing who it is that I’m meant to be paying attention to, and obviously the film’s producers wanted me to focus keenly on this person speaking. Yet they didn’t show me her eyes at all. It felt shoe-horned and out of place.

Otherwise, the film gets near perfect marks. 80’s cinema gave us a lot of martial arts films to choose from, and John Wick: Chapter 4 continues this tradition by giving us a focused fighting film that fits right in with 2023.

And on a personal note, watching this film didn’t make me wish to be young again; it made me feel right at home, right here, in this day and age.

9 comments on “John Wick: Chapter 4

  1. Aoc

    Nice review! That’s how I prefer to feel after watching a good film.

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    • Digital Empire

      It’s like a bonus feature that you can feel! I caught this sense while in the first 30 minutes of watching.


      • tubularsock

        It appears that after your excellent review Tubularsock would have to visit his chiropractor at the end of this film. And that is not the way Tubularsock prefers to feel after watching a good film.

        Perhaps Tubularsock just gets too wound up with his flying kick at the back of the theater seat.


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      • Digital Empire

        Haha! Go easy on them Tubularsock! hehe.

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  2. Americaoncoffee

    Nice review. That’s exactly how I like to feel after watching a good movie.

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  3. The Tactical Hermit

    Overall it was my least favorite out of the John Wick movies which is a damn shame considering it was the last. The pro’s: The cinematography was spot on, in particular the scenes at the Tokyo Continental with the Pink Cherry Blossoms and the urban night scenes shot around Paris. The Con’s: The pacing of the movie was off due in part to bad editing. Most of the movie Felt like a cheap carnival ride…start and stop, start and stop! Also I found the characters in this one much less original and almost cartoonish, like Killa in the Berlin Club scene?

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    • Digital Empire

      Killa was the guy with the gold teeth right? Yeah he did feel weird and out of place. I enjoyed his creepy laughter though lol. Hey, sometimes I wanted to leave comments on your blog, but I couldn’t.

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      • The Tactical Hermit

        Yeah the dude with the Gold Teeth was Killa.
        Yeah I had issues a year or two ago with SPAM in my comments, WP was not filtering (as they said they would) and I got some bad malware which crashed my blog. It took me a week to repair (thankfully I had archived backup) so after that fiasco I turned Comments off. Feel free to email me anytime.

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      • Digital Empire

        I’m glad to hear that you were able to repair your blog. Alright then, we move onwards to victory!

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