Greasy hair falling to the sides of the face, when not wet, from water or blood.
Quick reflexes, a raspy voice, and barely contained humor.
This is John Wick, this is how it always was, and even more so in this
John Wick 4
in which the action -and revenge- is greater than ever.
It is well said that, in the cinema, there are elements that look better than in real life.
And we are not talking about effects.
They are the drops of water, the broken glass, the bluish or red lights.
They are not by themselves fundamental ingredients, but the action of
John Wick 4
, with an unleashed
, suits him much better.
John Wick—his name may be short for "evil"—is made to fight, shoot, and kill hundreds of characters.
The stylization of the action, or should we say the hand-to-hand combat, the shootings from a distance (or half a meter), the car or motorcycle chases that the former stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski, director of the four
, have you managed to acquire in this culmination?
-the fifth would be in pre-production- some epic touches.
Accurate, lethal, tireless
For those of you who don't know John Wick, Keanu Reeves' character is a killer, but not the average guy.
He is not only accurate and deadly, but he is tireless.
In this fourth episode of the saga, hundreds of characters are beaten, mistreated, shot and more.
And we do not exaggerate.
The remembered scene of The Bride (Uma Thurman) in
is a bean next to everything that happens in
John Wick 4
Wick's head continues to have a price, and either in Berlin or in Paris they will want to kill him no matter what.
The plot in this film is probably the least of it, since it resembles more and more a video game.
Violent, of course,
Reeves already said it to Clarín
: this is the most complex action movie that he has had to star in.
And for various reasons, not only because it is the longest in the saga (169 minutes, almost three hours), which does not suffer at all, at any time, because it is like getting on an endless roller coaster.
Wick's head has long had a price.
More when he commits a murder, and La Mesa, that brotherhood of assassins of which he was a part and of which he wants to be free, he wants to eliminate him once and for all.
Keanu Reeves has only one scene on a motorcycle -his passion-, but he does have many car chases.
The one who now has the supreme power of The Table is the Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård), a well-mannered Frenchman -well, so far-, a gentleman who will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Also, a capricious rich kid.
The Swedish actor who is Pennywise in the
saga , here without makeup, is as scary as the character imagined by Stephen King.
Wick - his name can be understood as the abbreviation of "evil" - went from being an anti-hero to a superhero.
He doesn't have superpowers, he's not Neo either, but he dodges bullets like the main character in The
Some day in his body.
It doesn't matter.
The stylization of the image, with bluish, reddish lights, contribute to the neo noir climate of the film.
But Reeves is not alone.
In addition to Skarsgard, there is a whole cast that supports him, whether they are on one side of the rift or the other, whether they are good or bad assassins.
The list is headed by Donnie Yen, as a blind assassin buddy (like his character in
), who he must take on.
Ian McShane, the recently deceased Lance Reddick and more return.
As there is a lot of production, and it shows, it doesn't matter how improbable because
John Wick 4
will not pretend to be a candidate for the Oscar for best original screenplay.
There are bulletproof suits, a lot of filming was done at night, there are several sequences of long, extensive shots (pay attention to the overhead shot), scenes shot in New York, Berlin, some desert and most of all Paris and its surroundings.
There is no shortage of the Louvre Museum, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, the Moulin Rouge, the Opera Garnier.
There are custom-made and bulletproof suits.
Much was filmed at night and several sequences of long, extensive shots.
And there are two culminating moments: the chase near the Arc de Triomphe and another in Montmartre, on the famous 222 steps of the staircase that leads to the Sacré-Coeur basilica.
Heart is not what John Wick 4
And there is nothing left over.
"John Wick 4"
"John Wick 4"
Action USA, 2023. 169', SAM 16 R.
Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Shamier Anderson, Hiroyuki Sanada.
IMAX, Cinépolis Recoleta and Avellaneda, Cinemark Palermo, Hoyts Dot, Showcase Belgrano.
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