A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even among assassins, a code of honor exists. Rules are rules, and a promise is a promise. There's strong evidence that violence begets violence, and that once the circle has begun, it's nearly impossible to break out of it, no matter how badly you might want to.
Positive Role Models
John Wick is a deadly killer, but he struggles with the line of work he finds himself stuck in and would really like nothing more than some peace. He kills, but "only" those who intend to hurt others. He breaks the rules, but it's in order to protect those he considers friends.
Central character John Wick is played by Keanu Reeves, who's of English, Native Hawaiian, Chinese, and Portuguese descent. Wick's friend Winston (Ian McShane) and the villain, the Marquis (Bill Skarsgård), are White men, but most of other characters are women and/or people of color (though, in general, this is a male-dominated story). The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), the Tracker (Shamier Anderson), and Charon (Lance Reddick), the concierge of the Continental Hotel, are all Black. Hiroyuki Sanada (who plays Shimazu, the manager of the Osaka Continental) and Rina Sawayama (his daughter Akira) are both from Japan, Donnie Yen (the sighted actor who plays blind swordsman Caine) is from China, and Natalia Tena (Katia, who adopts John Wick into her family) is of Spanish descent.
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Violence & Scariness
Extremely graphic, intense action violence. Many, many characters die. Lots of guns and shooting, with bullet wounds, blood sprays, martial arts fighting, punching, kicking, bloody wounds, brutal injuries, etc. Bows and arrows and swords. Neck-slicing. Hand stabbed and pinned to wooden block, character pulls hand loose, tearing own flesh (squishing sounds heard). Multiple stabbings. Pickax to head. Ax-throwing. Characters shot with gun that causes them to burst into flame. Blood spatters. Oozing blood. Multiple car crashes, pedestrians smashing into moving cars. Dog smashed into car windshield (he's OK). A building explodes. Characters thrown through glass windows. Characters falling from great heights, bashing against obstacles on the way down. Character bashed into metal pole. Characters branding flesh. Dog ordered to attack (both "nuts!" and "kill!"). Character hanging by neck from rope, choking. Character falling down multiple stairs.
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Sporadic use of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "merde," "a--hole," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "damn," "nuts."
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in merchandise available (toys, blankets, clothing, etc.).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink various alcoholic beverages in social settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that John Wick: Chapter 4 is the fourth film in Keanu Reeves' popular action series. It's also the longest (nearly three hours!), but the filmmakers use the extended running time to create a truly spectacular, dazzlingly visual epic -- though, of course, its themes still revolve mainly around violence and revenge. And it's extremely, outrageously violent. Expect guns and shooting, a high body count, bloody wounds, blood spurts and sprays, fighting, kicking, punching, throat-slitting, stabbing, bows and arrows, swords, falls from high places, car chases and crashes, characters getting hit by cars or slammed into cars (or other hard objects), an attack dog, and much more. Language includes a smattering of words like "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bastard," "hell," and "damn" and the French swear word "merde." Adult characters drink in social settings. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Clocking in at a hefty 169 minutes, the fourth Wick movie spreads its wings and goes full-blown epic. Every single shot is a dazzler, it has a surefooted pace, and the simple story is elevated to mythical status. The original John Wick was stripped to the bone, clean and classic at just 101 minutes, but by the time John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum came along, the franchise had become flabby -- and exhausting.
But if this franchise as a whole has been inspired by Sergio Leone, then John Wick: Chapter 4 is akin to The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. The cinematography is consistently luxurious, calling to mind the indelible images of movies like Kill Bill, Skyfall, and Blade Runner 2049. And if that wasn't enough, director Chad Stahelski reaches high and pays homage to Lawrence of Arabia, Taxi Driver, and The Warriors, too. His pacing is supremely confident: He knows when to rest, when to pour on the clear, vivid action, and when to ramp it up another impossible notch. Ultimately, John Wick: Chapter 4 still isn't really about much more than violence and revenge, but this time Wick and his various layers of ambiguous friends/enemies (including the amazing Yen and a very good Shamier Anderson as the Tracker) find themselves wriggling between the concept of ending violence and the worrisome notion that this may not be possible.
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