John Wick: Chapter 4 taps the bloody tradition of the revenge film genre

The John Wick franchise proves that revenge is a dish best served cold, warm, hot and really as often as you can.

Lewis Fitz-Gerald, University of New England

At the beginning of the first John Wick film, the tools of his deadly trade lie entombed beneath concrete, buried alongside Wick’s worst self – the pitiless assassin only his happy marriage permitted him to retire.

Fans of the series know what happened next. In order to exact his revenge, he destroys his vault with a sledgehammer, revealing an arsenal of guns. The real John Wick is back. Carnage ensues.

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