Creativity: 5/5. Is perhaps one of the best top-down nearly oner in movie historical past.
Readability: 3/5. Motion occurs in a short time, which is thrilling, it is however overpacked.
Energy: 4/5. A number of the movie’s greatest hand-to-hand fight happens amidst the gun-fu.
Technically, this is not a one-on-one battle with John Wick. Nonetheless, I can not not embrace this epic struggle on this checklist; Stahelski mainly transforms the constructing into a personality itself. Whereas top-down pictures aren’t new to motion movies, I’ve but to see one other one which spirals out into nearly a one-take scene, or “oner,” that comprises a continuous cavalcade of fights. As Stahelski instructed /Movie, there are three digital stitches right here. Nonetheless, the modifying is so tight that, apart from the cutaway, you will consider that these are two oners knitted collectively. Of every thing within the “John Wick” movies, this sequence in “Chapter 4” feels probably the most like a loving callback to “The Raid: Redemption,” with explosive moments that cascade into a number of one-on-one battles, together with one with Chidi. All that, and a shotgun-turned-quasi-flamethrower!
Nonetheless, the way in which the motion is shot does have a downside. Sure, it seems to be cool as hell, however there’s a lot happening that the readability suffers. Moreover, in contrast to comparable scenes in Gareth Evans’ movie, Stahelski’s method limits the quantity of intimate fight you possibly can truly see, significantly in the case of counterattacks. In relation to each combating kinds and character improvement, how somebody averts a punch is simply as important as which locks they use.