John Wick: Chapter 4 breaks a series record before releasing on Friday
Despite having yet to have a widespread theatre release, John Wick: Chapter 4 has already broken several records for the action franchise.
The fourth and longest installment in the narrative of the renowned assassin, played by Keanu Reeves, received the most outstanding ratings for the entire series. At the time of writing, the most recent film by Chad Stahelski got a 93% approval rating from critics on the movie review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
High critic ratings allowed the three preceding movies to accomplish the same achievement, but the fourth John Wick movie is the first to surpass the 90% threshold.
Bigger than any chapter before it. See #JohnWick4 – in theaters this Friday. pic.twitter.com/rffgwi7SfJ— John Wick: Chapter 4 (@JohnWickMovie) March 19, 2023
In a brand-new adventure set in Europe and Japan, Chapter 4, written by Michael Finch and Shay Hatten, promises to expose John’s vendetta against the High Table.
Not-so-retired hitman John goes into hiding with the help of the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne, Reeves’s fellow cast member in The Matrix), who is prepared to kill new bad guy Marquis Vincent de Gramont ( portrayed by Bill Skarsgard).
As Wick repels assassins rushing at him from all sides in the streets of Paris and Osaka, the franchise’s breathtaking action sequences reach new heights in this installment.
In Chapter 4, in addition to Reeves and Fishburne, late actor Lance Reddick reprises the character of concierge Charon in one of his final acting performances. Ian McShane also makes a cameo as the manager of the New York Continental, Winston Scott.
Together with Wick newbie Skarsgard, other recent additions to the franchise include singer Rina Sawayama as Akira Shimazu, the Osakan Continental concierge, Donnie Yen, the famous martial artist as assassin Caine, and Natalia Tena, the Game of Thrones star as Katia, John’s adoptive sister.
1 more week until John Wick: Chapter 4 is released in theatres pic.twitter.com/NSIu6qHt7P— Rina Sawayama Updates (@RinaSawaUpdates) March 17, 2023
At the Los Angeles premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4,” the cast honored the late actor Lance Reddick
The veteran Hollywood performer Lance Reddick was tearfully memorialized at the “John Wick: Chapter 4” premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, March 20.
Reddick’s presence got felt during the thunderous standing ovation and the mention in the onscreen credits despite his untimely departure at 60 on Friday.
The other attendees and his co-stars wore blue ribbons to remember the prolific performer. Ribbons were worn on the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood by the lead actor Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Rina Sawayama, Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and director Chad Stahelski.
Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski opened the premiere night event, and Lionsgate chair Joe Drake requested hearty applause for Lance Reddick.