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All “John Wick” films, ranked by rewatchability

“Yeah, I think I’m back.” Keanu Reeves‘ iconic lines from the original John Wick The film couldn’t have been a more confident statement about the state of his career. Although Reeves was considered “past his prime” after a series of creative and financial failures, the 2014 action film proved why he was such an iconic figure in the 1990s. Reeves’ performance in the series is characterized by a certain self-confidence John Wick Films that make you more personal. In many ways, they represent the most personal projects Reeves has ever starred in. The John Wick The franchise stands out compared to other blockbuster film sagas for its incredible amount of stunt work and practical set pieces. There is true passion and obvious love for the craft behind them, which only makes them more appealing and eye-catching. All four John Wick Director Chad Stahelski directed the films in the series, a former stuntman who had worked with Reeves several times before. With their imaginative combination of martial arts, shooting, swordplay and spiritual undertones, the John Wick The franchise feels unique compared to the superhero films that dominate the modern cinema market.

The influence of John Wick was significant in the world of action cinema. The series’ success has led to a greater appreciation for the importance of stunt performers, and several other action stars have attempted to film their version of a self-aware revenge thriller in the style of John Wick. While movies like Atomic blonde, No one, And extraction are definitely all entertaining, they don’t capture the same lightning in a bottle that Reeves and Stahelski perfected. Although the ending of the last film suggests that Reeves’ tenure with the series is over, the John Wick The franchise seems to have a bright future ahead of it. Each film is distinctive and powerful in its own way, but some John Wick Movies have more rewatch value, be it because of their intense action, memorable characters, or even some notable quotes. And while they’re all worth the audience’s time, fans will surely revisit some of them John Wick films more than others.

“John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

John Wick fights another man in John Wick Chapter 2.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 had an important task ahead of him. The plot follows Wick returning to his old life when he is forced to fulfill a blood oath to a crime boss. While the first film in the series had done an excellent job of giving audiences a compelling reason to root for Reeves’ character, it had only given a hint of the larger world in which John operated. The Continental Hotel is just one part of a larger network of assassins, spies and mercenaries who follow the same ethical values. Therefore, Chapter 2 had to spend the necessary time detailing what The High Table was in order to prepare the future installments of the series.

While this was crucial to maintaining the longevity of the franchise, this detour means just that John Wick: Chapter 2 is more detailed than the other parts of the series. A less memorable villain provides further stains Chapter 2‘s legacy, although the introduction of Laurence Fishburne“Bowery King” is one of the highlights of the series and offers Reeves and his ex a real reunion The Matrix co-star. Chapter 2 is the least entertaining John Wick Movie, the middle entry that you don’t need to watch to understand the larger world of the saga. Therefore, Many fans may be reluctant to revisit italthough it does contain some incredible action sequences, including a memorable fight between Reeves and Together in Rome.

John Wick: Chapter 2

Release date

February 8, 2017

director

Chad Stahelski

Pour

Keanu Reeves, Common, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio, Peter Stormare

Evaluation

R

Duration

122

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“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (2019)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

John and Sofia in the desert_Parabellum

The third film in the series is probably the most propulsive. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum starts right after the end John Wick: Chapter 2, where John violated The High Table’s code by killing on continental soil. With a huge bounty on his head, every assassin in the world is now on the hunt for him, and John must call on his allies for help. The expanded roles for the characters Winston Scott (Ian McShane), Charon (Lance Reddick) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) and the introduction of the Oscar winner Halle Berry helped with the production John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum feel more emotional and expansive. While the first two films felt a bit reserved, Parabellum takes things to a new level and scale and catapults the saga into the cinema league.

Although John will always love his late wife more than anyone, he also shows compassion towards his friends and far more strategy than his previous tunnel vision would suggest. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum begins with such a burst of energy that it becomes difficult for the film to keep up with itself. The first action set piece with John on horseback is so exciting that it sets the bar incredibly high. The expanded cast is a welcome addition and the franchise’s visual style reaches the height of its striking beauty. Parabellum is somewhere in between as far as that goes John Wick films; Few fans might be eager to watch it again, but if they did, no one would look away.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Release date

May 15, 2019

director

Chad Stahelski

Pour

Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Jason Mantzoukas, Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Laurence Fishburne

Evaluation

R

Duration

143

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“John Wick” (2014)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane

John Wick Keanu Reeves I think I'm back
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The original John Wick is a modern action classic that was never intended to be a hit. Actually, John Wick looked like a direct-to-DVD title before Lionsgate decided to release it in theaters. What is often forgotten about the first film in the series is that it is an inherent tragedy; John avenges the death of the adorable dog his wife gave him before her death. While other action films might have played up this plot point for comedic reasons, John Wick treats it with complete sincerity, thanks largely to Reeves’ committed, heartbreaking performance. John’s path of revenge is his way of mourning the loss of the woman he dedicated his life to.

Driven by an emotional, sentimental and cathartic story, John Wick was able to quickly stand out from the competition. On an aesthetic level, the film appears completely unique compared to other action films; It’s frantic, stylish, striking and dynamic, a relentless explosion of the senses unlike any other in the modern action genre. The dark nighttime images in particular evoke comparisons with crime classics from the 1970s The French connection And The parallax view. The first JOh, Wick remains incredibly popular to watch again – it’s fast-paced, thrilling and endlessly entertaining, the perfect start to one of the best franchises in modern cinema.

John Wick

Release date

October 22, 2014

director

David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Pour

Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen

Evaluation

R

Duration

96

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“John Wick: Chapter 4” (2023)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Bill Skarsgård, Donnie Yen, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 4
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John Wick: Chapter 4 is the exciting and in many ways inevitable end to the series. In the plot, John wages a final battle against the Marquis de Gramont, a representative of the High Table who is granted unprecedented power on the condition that he kills John. Chapter 4 changed the scope of the John Wick Franchise. While the first film was originally a low-budget revenge thriller, John Wick: Chapter 4 begins with a thrilling desert action sequence that draws comparisons to epic films like… Lawrence of Arabia. There are also strong comparisons to the Western genre, as John’s final duel with the ruthless assassin Caine (Donnie Yen) feels similar The good, the bad and the ugly.

The film deals with themes of honor, duty and atonement and seems to be a satisfying conclusion to John’s character story. John Wick: Chapter 4 feels particularly emotional considering it was one of Lance Reddick’s final roles before his tragic death earlier this year; His character Charon has always been a highlight of the series and is given a fitting, if tragic, conclusion. New additions to the cast, such as the incredibly talented ones Bill Skarsgard as the series’ most over-the-top villain and action icon Donnie Yen And Hiroyuki Sanadaabove are the references to the film. John Wick: Chapter 4 is a near-perfect conclusion and an action film that can be rewatched endlessly and gets better with each rewatch.

John Wick Chapter 4 Poster

 

John Wick: Chapter 4

Release date

March 24, 2023

director

Chad Stahelski

Pour

Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lance Reddick

Evaluation

R

Duration

169 minutes

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