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John Wick: Chapter 4

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Extreme, over-the-top violence in Reeves' action epic.

Movie R 2023 169 minutes
John Wick: Chapter 4: Movie Poster: Close up of John Wick, wearing a suit and tie

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

This astounding, non-stop action joyride has constant violence

John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) follows John Wick, an ex mercenary and assassin with the entire world on his back, and a multi-million dollar price tag. With the entire planet and secret underground agency trying to kill him, he tries everything he can to escape. The film has constant strong bloody violence with over-the-top beating, shooting, stabbing, executions, people exploding, bursting on fire and blood splattering and caking the walls left and right. This action violence is ABSOLUTELY to be expected. VIOLENCE: SEVERE The violence in this film is constant, and that is even an understatement. Hoards of men are killed in exceedingly brutal manners of shooting, stabbing and viscous beating. There are prolonged sequences lasting sometimes upwards of 20 minutes at a time of men being killed. When men are shot in the head, blood and brain spray out and splatter against walls, after they are often executed by being shot in the head on the floor. Countless throats are slit with blood detail, and people are slashed, stabbed, impaled and taken out in this manner. When people are beaten there is unrelenting, vicious punches to the face and body. Bones are snapped, and people shriek in pain. Multiple men are killed in brutal fashion with hatchets, which fly and smash into heads. There is an extended sequence where an incendiary shotgun is used to kill countless men, seen from a top-down angle. Fire erupts through their bodies and they blast into flames, rag-dolling on the ground in extreme realistic manners. An intense sequence shows cars slamming into and killing numerous men. They fly into the air and slam onto the concrete in ultra-realistic manners. Men are pushed down flights of stairs, slam into light posts and fall onto and are thrown into walls, surroundings and others. A pencil is used to dispatch a few men in one scene with bloody results. Blunt objects are used to beat the faces of men. A dog is shown brutally mauling men countless times, sometimes with bloody results and intense screaming. A particularly graphic and disturbing scenes shows a man having his hand stabbed and impaled with a knife. He is given the option to rip it out or pull his hand back and slice his hand open by doing so in order to get it out. He chooses to pull his hand back, causing his flesh to tear graphically on camera and blood to go everywhere when he rips his hand out. Overall, the violence is constant, strong, bloody and sometimes graphic. However, aside from a handful of scenes, the violence never really lingers onscreen and leaves your sight quite quickly. The violence is also shown in an action-related manner and is not disturbing but more entertaining and exhilarating to watch. LANGUAGE: MILD 7 uses of fuck, some uses of shit and asshole, and uses of ass. The language is very tame for an R rated film, especially due to the length of the film. Most of the language is missed, forgotten or not noticed due to the constant content and intense plot of the film. OVERALL: 14+ for pervasive strong violence
age 15+

Hyper violent entertaining film with lots of action and high body count

This is one of the most violent and with higher body count in the series. There is camaradery and the main character is just grinding through bodies and bodies. Plot is loose but in great places and backgrounds. My children 17 and 16 enjoyed it as well as I. Best in the series

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (20 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 24, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: May 23, 2023
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves , Donnie Yen , Bill Skarsgård
  • Director: Chad Stahelski
  • Inclusion Information: Asian actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 169 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive strong violence and some language
  • Last updated: October 21, 2023

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