John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, is a powerful and emotionally charged addition to the already outstanding action franchise. In this film, the stakes are personal and the consequences feel real. Although it's unclear if Chapter 4 is the best of the franchise so far, it certainly deserves to be alongside the first chapter. At almost three hours, it's also the longest installment yet, but it captures the series' spirit like none of its predecessors. The movie revolves around themes of friendship and its consequences and connection and its cost.

John, played by the talented Keanu Reeves, is now at war with The High Table after going back on his agreement with them to side with Winston at the end of Chapter 3. This betrayal led to him being shot and thrown off the roof of the New York Continental, barely escaping with his life. Friendship and consequences are running themes in Chapter 4 as John sets out on a warpath, no longer on the back foot, as in Chapters 2 and 3. Keanu's performance is captivating, as we witness an enraged, cold emptiness in his eyes that seems to be consuming what little humanity he has left.

The Table sends a new top-dog general, The Marquis, played by Bill SkarsgĂ„rd, to end the John Wick epidemic and the threat he poses to their order. He has become a virus against their brutally-enforced system, and they fear his humanity. But what makes John Wick so special? Is it his gift as a killer, his ability to take a historic beating and keep fighting, or the compassion he inspires in a world that demands the lack of it? Even ruthless assassins like Ian McShane’s Winston, Halle Berry's Sofia Al-Azwar in Chapter 3, and Hiroyuki Sanada's Shimazu hesitate and think twice before carrying out orders, thereby acting against their own survival.

The Marquis enlists the services of Caine, played by martial arts master Donnie Yen, another of John’s old friends, to take him down once and for all. Caine is blind but remains a formidable opponent, hacking and slashing with finesse and a quiet grace. He may have been hired for his impressive physical prowess, but Yen infuses the character with a beating heart and an endearing presence, much like he did in Rogue One. In John Wick: Chapter 4, the air is thick with tragedy and pain, and the consequences feel real, making it a worthy addition to the franchise.

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