It’s finally here: the first teaser trailer for the action festival “John Wick: Chapter 4”. And it shows the long-awaited duel between Keanu Reeves and Donnie Yen.
It’s been far too long since fans have watched Keanu Reeves as super killer John Wick, rushing forward to fight hordes of assassins and members of the world’s underworld organizations, using his ice-cold precision and weaponry par excellence , to slowly but surely reduce their number to zero.
Revenge was the cue in the first 2014 action film, when his dog and 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 were taken away from him. And revenge will be his quest in John Wick: Chapter 4 after being betrayed in the third film. So the circle closes in a way, almost ten years after the start of an action series that brought the classic action film back to the cinemas with a lot of speed. John Wick is the perfect antithesis to the still popular Marvel and DC superheroes: he doesn’t hesitate to respond with deadly force, kills men and women alike and only follows his own maxim when it comes to the extreme .
And that’s apparently coming in the next action-adventure, as suggested by the first teaser trailer director Chad Stahelski revealed in the Directors on Directing panel at San Diego Comic-Con:
Keanu Reeves kills them all in John Wick: Chapter 4
Apparently, some time has passed since hotel manager Winston (Ian McShane) stabbed his friend John Wick (Keanu Reeves) in the back and betrayed him. Jardani Jovonovich, as the super killer is actually called, has vowed to wipe them all out: everyone who seeks his life and everyone who cooperates with them. That’s going to be a lot of people, because this underbelly of crime is connected and organized. Above all, however, there are professionals who are equal to John Wick. Professionals like Caine, portrayed by the inimitable martial arts legend, Donnie Yen.
But John Wick still has allies to count on. That includes the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). In a shelter, he meticulously prepares for his final confrontation – hopefully with a training montage à la eighties action (!). And when the time comes, they’ll all bleed.
“Nobody can kill everyone – not even you,” says Donnie Yen in the recently released teaser trailer. But if this first glimpse into the action storm to come suggests anything, it’s that it very well can. Oh yes, and how! And it has all the ingredients of a John Wick movie: nightclubs, neon lights, mysterious characters, insane action sequences (nunchucks), gun fu and guns, guns galore. If you look closely, you can even see a homage to action god John Woo, father of the Heroic Bloodshed and thus also of the “John Wick” films by director Chad Stahelski, all of which you can stream via Amazon.
And apparently it won’t be Donnie Yen, as previously communicated, but Hiroyuki Sanada as Shimazu, John Wick’s long-time friend whom he seeks out for support. Another shot shows him fighting with Caine, who is probably a bodyguard of gang boss Marquis (Bill Skarsgård).
We can’t wait for John Wick: Chapter 4 on March 23, 2023 starts in the local cinemas, surely you don’t either?
Until then, you can try this quiz to guess Keanu Reeves’ age based on his films:
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