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    ‘John Wick: Chapter 4′: Is Keanu Reeves’ Return A Step Up In The Franchise?

    They should have left him on his own. Keanu Reeves returns to ‘John Wick: Chapter 4‘ as the steely assassin. We find John Wick going up against new villains and killers on his trail as he tries to settle his score with the High Table once and for all. John Wick is still coming to terms with his duality, desire for revenge, and need for peace.

    As both angles sit cross shoulders and facilitate his judgment, we see him go through the wringer. While this is not the final film of ‘John Wick,’ it does feel like a resounding epilogue. Find out if the fourth film elevates the franchise or is a significant step-down.

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    ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Plot Explained

    Keanu Reeves faces off the full force of the High Table in 'John Wick: Chapter 4'
    Keanu Reeves faces off the full force of the High Table in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4.’

    John Wick is armed and dangerous. Opponents are consistently formidable. The bounty on his head keeps increasing. His marker is under strain. Stakes are high, are we are off to the races. The High Table comes out of the shadows as the unbending assassin continues to cross names off his kill list. To finally end John Wick’s road to redemption, Marquis Vincent de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) of the High Table brings all territory under his siege. He brings out a retired assassin and an entire army to finally put the ghost of Baby Yaga underground.

    With time running out, John seeks the counsel of old friends. Deciding to earn his freedom, he visits his old haunts and the families he left behind. Meanwhile, the price on his head keeps bringing out more and more takers. Morocco, Osaka, Paris – John Wick cuts through millions of bodies in neon-lit labyrinths in foreign countries. But the more he kills, the more his enemies multiply in number. Every step closer to the High Table takes him back several paces.

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    ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Is The Best Movie In The Franchise

    Donnie Yen in 'John Wick 4'
    Donnie Yen in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4

    Throughout these four movies, John Wick went from being a man looking for answers to pursuing revenge. Again and again, we’ve seen Keanu Reeves’s lone warrior running people into the wall and refusing to die. In ‘Chapter 4‘, he begins to crack. His death wish has never been stronger, taking the lethal lone warrior on a path from which there’s no coming back.

    Be it the wonton weaponry or the cosmic casualties of one man’s vendetta, ‘Chapter 4‘ doesn’t play coy in upping the ante in the game of the franchise-expanding film. ‘John Wick: Chapter 4‘ surpasses all expectations of a franchise holding on after three movies. The story takes its sweet time to unfold but talk about Chad Stahelski’s glamourous words world building! It’s a great influx of Japanese and Spaghetti Western Cinema, with several spectacular bare-knuckle brawls, gun battles, and a stand-off duel. 

     While Stahelski is no stranger to filming action, his endlessly innovative (and somehow comedic) fight sequences elevate the franchise to a level its predecessors pale in comparison. ‘John Wick‘ is a fantastic time at the movies, with each moment designed to get a definite hoot and a holler moment out of the audience. It has a more rapturous and blood-hungry John Wick at its best and an effortlessly cool performance from Donnie Yen as Caine.

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    Shaurya Thakur
    Shaurya Thakur
    Shaurya Thakur is a Content Writer at First Curiosity, who, in his personal time, is writing the greatest "overcoming post-academic slump existential crises" story. His current obsessions are John Cassavetes and Jack Kerouac; musically, he belongs to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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