Thanks to Matrix – 87% and its sequels, as well as other titles such as Constantine – 46%, Keanu Reeves became one of the best-known figures in the action genre and, in addition to presenting himself as a stable protagonist, it was known that he trained a lot to be able to do his own stunts. The premiere of Another Day to Kill – 85% confirmed his status and renewed viewers’ faith in the performer, especially since the saga seemed to have the potential to last for many years. However, John Wick 4 – 93% was presented as the definitive closure of this story and now it is revealed that it was because Reeves asked the creators to kill off the famous character.
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John Wick became one of the most important characters in Reeves’ career
The greatest virtue of another day to kill was that he had no major pretensions about his story. In fact, the plot is quite simple, and although it manages to turn around the already seen concept of the man who seeks revenge, it finally does follow the most expected patterns of the genre on a narrative level. The key wasn’t whether Wick was seeking to avenge the murder of his puppy or the theft of his car, nor was it that he was returning to his old life when he couldn’t deal with the death of his wife; In reality, the success of the film was in the combat and chase scenes that were very well choreographed and filmed.
Having Chad Stahelski as director was a great strength, because what he lacked in production knowledge he made up for with knowledge as a stuntman, a career he followed throughout his life. With a simple plot, John Wick was able to shine on the big screen, in addition to establishing a very interesting canon to feed this particular world full of contract assassins, alliances, exclusive payments, corporation rules and a whole system to be part of. of the. Its success at the box office not only gave the green light to a sequel, it also gave the creators the opportunity to set a path for their protagonist, in addition to developing their own cinematic universe.
John Wick 2: A New Day to Kill – 89% and John Wick 3: Parabellum – 98% helped establish the rules of the franchise, as well as Wick’s legacy in history, because before that we only knew that he was the best assassin and had managed to pay off his debt so he could live with his wife without a problem. This served to propose new internal dynamics with which projects such as Ballerina and The Continental, and that can surely be extended without problem to other proposals. Thanks to this, John Wick 4 was able to follow a more personal and deeper path for the main character, although without ignoring the most exciting parts of his journey.
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To the surprise of many, John Wick 4 It ends with the protagonist dead and buried, and although many speculate about this fact, the film as such closes the journey of revenge and redemption of this complicated hero who was only looking for a way to reunite with his beloved wife. As Keanu Reeves had said a long time ago that he would play the killer for as many years as the public wanted, many fans are sure that he will return in one form or another for a new installment, which by the way, already seems confirmed by Lionsgate. If the character will return anyway and the actor intended to continue for a long time, why was this ending decided for the film?
Keanu Reeves was the one who asked for the death of John Wick
In interview with Colliderthe producer Basil Iwanyk revealed that it was the lead actor who asked for Wick’s death because he was already exhausted, so a 90% agreement was reached where it would be said that the character was dead, but there was a possibility that not:
After the second, third and fourth movies, making these movies is very exhausting and destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally. In the end, he always says, ‘I can’t do this again,’ and we agree with him. The man is just a shadow of himself because he just goes and does it. He was like, ‘I definitely want to be killed at the end of this movie.’ We thought, ‘You know, we’ll leave a little 10% opening.’
The producer also recognizes that the films work because everyone puts together a great team that listens to suggestions, criticisms and demands, so Reeves could very well agree to return in the near future. It is known that Wick will appear in Ballerinaspin-off starring Ana de Armas that will also be a prequel to John Wick 4. Much has been said about a fifth installment that the production company definitely wants, but the creators are not sure about doing it yet, as they would like to raise the stakes and justify well the return of the protagonist who has already gone through an ideal emotional closure.
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