April 14 – 18

John Wick: Chapter 4

April 14 – 18

7 pm Nightly
Matinee Sun Apr 16 @ 1:30
Rated 14A — 2 hr 49 min
Action / NeoNoir

John Wick: Chapter 4 is an enjoyably pulpy slaughterfest. Although the plot of the latest John Wick outing offers no surprises, the stunts are mind-boggling, and Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins are fun new faces in the franchise.

Given that the director, former kickboxer Chad Stahelski, got his start in the movie industry as a stuntman, serving as Keanu Reeves’s stunt double in The Matrix, you rightly expect that the stunts and fight choreography of a John Wick film will be top tier.

It’s the main reason to watch this enjoyably pulpy slaughterfest –with Wick (Keanu Reeves) slicing his way through the countless henchmen of his former employers, the High Table. But even by the standards of the past Wick outings, this is remarkable. Human bodies are hurled into moving vehicles; Reeves’s double tumbles down the entire length of the Sacré-Coeur stairs. And, just to remind us that we are in the hands of an action master, Stahelski delivers one extended, mind-bogglingly complicated fight sequence in what appears to be a single shot, the camera floating overhead.

Chapter 4 firmly cements John Wick as standing shoulder to shoulder with The Matrix’s Neo as part of Keanu Reeves’ nearly unparalleled action hero lineup. The raw-nerved rage of the freshly widowed Wick that wowed in the original movie has progressed into something even more deadly: resolve and focus.

For a series which has always looked stylish as hell, Chapter 4 sets a new standard for production design and cinematography. Locations across Osaka, Paris, Berlin, and New York have distinctive architectural qualities which allow director of photography Dan Laustsen varied opportunities to wash characters in the series’ iconic candy-colored neon hues.

It seemed like an impossible task, but the Baba Yaga has a history of delivering on those: John Wick: Chapter 4 stands above its predecessors – and the past decade’s worth of action films as a whole – as a modern epic, something Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski have been driving at since 2014. Audiences are flocking to see it, of course, as this appears to be the last of John Wick, at least as embodied by beloved actor Keanu Reeves.

Chad Stahelski

Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen & Willem Dafoe