How to watch John Wick Chapter 4 from an External Hard Drive

"John Wick Chapter 4" officially opened with a bow at its London premiere on Monday night with the social media reactions embargo lifted at the time of the premiere.

The fourth installment follows on from the conclusion of "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," which saw Keanu Reeves' notorious assassin fall high above the Continental Hotel after being betrayed by his ally Winston (Ian McShane). Naturally, Wick lives. "Chapter 4" is the story of the deadly pariah traveling the globe in search of freedom from the oppression of the devious and brutal High Table. has drawn strong praise in its initial round of responses particularly for its extensive pool of sparring partners which comprises Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Marko Zazor, Scott Adkins and Rina Sawayama. Another major issue of discussion is the running time of the film of a lengthy two hours and 49 mins -38 minutes more than the previous film's.

Los Angeles Times critic Katie Walsh enjoyed the movie with her praise of its design and visuals, calling it a step above other blockbusters from franchises. She added the caveat that there was one thing she disliked about the film: "Because it's dumb."

Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub had nothing but praise for the film. He also indicated that Reeves is up to some mischief with a dragon's breath shotgun.

CinemaBlend reviewer Eric Eisenberg expressed some reservations about the film's daunting runtime. However, he says that the film "earns it" by using "smart pacing" and strong set pieces.

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John Wick: Chapter 4 director and franchise creator Chad Stahelski explains why he hopes to take a break from the franchise before working on the next installment. Stahelski began the career path in Hollywood by working as a stuntman, before working with the star Keanu Reeves for 2014's John Wick. Stahelski was co-directing the film alongside David Leitch, before solely in charge of the subsequent three sequels following John Wick was a surprise financial and critical success.

Interview with the film company /Film, Stahelski discusses his plans for the next chapter of the series ahead of John Wick: Chapter 4's theatrical release. He says he thinks he should take a break from the franchise prior to continuing with Wick's story. At the same time, the director has indicated he might not direct John Wick 5 as a John Wick 5 film, telling the press, "I'm always saying, 'This is my last one and this won't happen again.' So, I'll tell you now: This is my last one." As for why he feels a break is necessary, Stahelski says:

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While Stahelski hopes to step away from John Wick's tense journey through the criminal underground The John Wick franchise is scheduled to expand with the Ana de Armas-led spin-off, Ballerina. It is set within John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum and John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum as well as John Wick: Chapter 4, Ballerina explores the story of de Armas' Rooney, who begins her own journey to seek revenge against her family's killers. In the meantime, de Armas is taking over the role from Unity Phelan, Reeves, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick and Anjelica Huston will all play the roles of previous installments in the franchise.

After his efforts on John Wick: Chapter 4 and the other chapters of the series, Stahelski is set to utilize his talents as a director to new realms outside of the thrilling gunplay Reeves' master assassin. In 2021, Stahelski signed on to create a film adaptation of Ghosts of Tsushima, the hit 2020 PlayStation video game where a samurai defends the isle of Tsushima during the initial Mongol assault on Japan. The director is also expected to create a new version for the Highlander franchise and Stahelski said he was planning his version of the battle between immortals being three films.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is one of 2023's popular releases. So, even though there could be some disappointment over the possibility of a discontinuation between films, it's clear Stahelski's reasons could prove beneficial to future films. In addition, with director's upcoming projects converting weapons for swordplay, the lessons that Stahelski teaches with Ghosts of Tsushima and Highlander could lead to exciting fight scenes in the future films.

Pub: 11 Mar 2023 16:04 UTC
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