Although the “John Wick” series boasts significant components such as its characters, performances, story, and world-building, the prime attraction for fans is undeniably its action scenes. You can also expect that in the latest John Wick 4 movie.
After the “Bourne” series surged in popularity, Hollywood action films frequently featured action-packed camera work and fast-paced editing for several years. And then John Wick happened.
The first installment of the John Wick series not only spawned a successful franchise but also initiated a new stylistic phase of action films that prioritized innovative choreography and authentic physical, adrenaline-pumping performances.
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Best John Wick 4 Fight Scenes
The John Wick fight sequences became increasingly elaborate and grandiose to maintain freshness and captivate the audience. Fortunately, “John Wick: Chapter 4” doesn’t disappoint and surpasses its predecessors.
Running for nearly three hours, this latest installment offers an abundance of action-packed scenes. Get ready to get in on the butt-kicking action analysis from start to finish!
John vs. Killa
Following John’s triumphant defeat of Killa’s minions, it’s time to face off against the main man himself. However, similar to the casino/nightclub action sequence, this fight also feels like a needless deviation from the main storyline in a movie that’s already brimming with content. Nevertheless, if you can disregard this one issue, the fight itself is fantastic and breathtaking.
Fight scene in Berlin
John travels to Berlin, Germany to meet with the Ruska Roma in his quest for a family crest and challenges the Marquis to a duel. However, to gain their acceptance, he must first eliminate Killa (Scott Adkins), the one responsible for killing the former leader of the Ruska Roma.
In the “John Wick” series, the foes usually wield guns, but in this particular encounter, they also carry menacing axes, which adds a new layer of excitement. The setting of the fight is remarkable, with the densely packed dance floor, cascading water features from the ceiling, and dynamic neon illumination, all enhancing the visual impact of the scene.
Caine and Shimazu Fight Scene
Following Akira’s injury, Shimazu, her father, stays true to his word and risks his life to protect both John and Caine, a mutual friend who is forced to serve the Marquis. The Osaka portion of “Chapter 4” pays homage to classic samurai films as Shimazu and Caine engage in a one-on-one sword fight, which blends meditative stillness with sudden bursts of frenetic action.
Caine’s blindness and unique fighting style are skillfully integrated into the choreography, and the fact that he doesn’t want to kill Shimazu adds a layer of complexity to the battle. While Caine is holding back, he is an immensely superior swordsman, leaving Shimazu with little chance of success. Despite Caine’s repeated efforts to persuade Shimazu to walk away with his life, the latter refuses, and the fight culminates in an inevitable, fatal conclusion.
Wick vs Caine
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John Wick and Caine engage in two confrontations. The first face-off occurs in the Osaka Continental, where they find themselves in the same room after each having taken out several opponents. Despite their past relationship, neither can hold back, and they engage in a fight that highlights their vastly different fighting styles.
However, the fight ends with Caine emerging as the victor, making him the first person to ever beat John in one-on-one combat. John is left unarmed and defenseless until Mr. Nobody intervenes and saves his life. Although their second fight at La Basilique du Sacré Cœur lacks the same intensity, their first showdown is an exciting spectacle that showcases the different fighting styles of the two highly skilled assassins.
Rue Foyatier staircase
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The ultimate action sequence in “Chapter 4” occurs at Rue Foyatier, where a 222-step staircase leads up to the famous tourist attraction La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre. John’s mission is to reach the top before sunrise while fending off a horde of assassins who are all after the massive bounty on his head.
However, the film takes an unexpected turn when Chidi sends John tumbling down to the bottom of the staircase. Fortunately, John is not alone in his mission as Caine joins forces with him to make the ascent for the second time, despite their upcoming duel. The collaboration of these two skilled fighters is a sight to behold, and Mr. Nobody and his dog also join in towards the end of the sequence to take down Chidi.
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